Author John Eric Vining’s new book “Peace in the Valley: A Quest for Redemption in the Old West” is a riveting story of atonement in the turbulent Civil War era.

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Recent release “Peace in the Valley: A Quest for Redemption in the Old West” from Page Publishing author John Eric Vining is an engrossing work of historical fiction presenting Mark Gamble, a former Confederate sharpshooter, and his wife, Ruth, who is called to serve the Sioux people, a tribe under threat of extinction by white encroachment. Mark endeavors to find forgiveness with his missionary service and somehow assuage the guilt he harbors for the many lives he has taken as a rebel soldier.

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John Eric Vining, a historian and writer from the flat farmlands of Northwest Ohio, has completed his new book “Peace in the Valley: A Quest for Redemption in the Old West”: a gripping and potent story drawn from an original manuscript written by Raymond Refoen, a published author, lifelong student of history, and the late brother of John Eric Vining.

Mark Gamble is one of the greatest sharpshooters in the Civil War’s Confederate Army of Tennessee. He is well-known on both sides of the battle line: revered by his compatriots and feared by his enemies. Mark’s own fear is that his soul is lost forever as his lust for killing increasingly takes over his entire being.

After he is severely wounded at the Battle of Lookout Mountain on November 24, 1863, Mark is captured by Union soldiers and placed in a federal military hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There he is nursed back to health by the lovely Ruth Taylor, a Quaker nurse/volunteer at the hospital. Falling in love with the gentle and caring Ruth, he eventually wins her hand in marriage. The war ends. Mark converts to the Society of Friends, and Mark and Ruth settle into what would seem to be a “happily ever after” life of farming in the lush valleys of the Appalachian Mountains near Allentown, Pennsylvania.

But Ruth feels a call in her life to serve as a missionary to the Brule Lakota (Sioux) in Western Nebraska—a tribe that is slowly being decimated by white encroachment. With deep misgivings, Mark agrees to accompany her, and the couple moves to the West to answer Ruth’s calling.

Can Ruth survive the tough, brutal life of a Great Plains wife and missionary? Can Mark serve as both a companion to his wife and a mentor to the distrusting Native American tribe while withstanding the pressures inherent to an Indian agent? Most importantly, can Mark, with the grace of God and a spirit of self-forgiveness, find redemption for his many transgressions by becoming a missionary to a dying race on the bleak, windswept barrens of the western Great Plains?

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, John Eric Vining’s evocative novel explores the complexities of service, guilt, and redemption in the post-Civil War era.

Readers who wish to experience this powerful work can purchase “Peace in the Valley: A Quest for Redemption in the Old West” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Kobo, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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