When young Shelby Whitmire spies a flatboat coming down the Mississippi to Natchez, he doesn't know that two aboard are on the run to Mexico’s Texas territory. How could the motherless boy foresee his adult years unfolding in that wilderness? After fiery speeches in 1835 convince others to help Texas win independence, it is friendship and heartbreak driving Shelby across the Sabine River and onto perilous trails. No survivor from the spring of revolution forgets the Alamo, but Goliad haunts at any hour, too. And all Shelby Whitmire ever wanted was to wake each morning knowing how a good man would live his day.
Here is the most human side of the Texas Revolution, the honorable remains of glory and tragedy. From the South brave soldiers came in the cause of freedom, though their own states were dependent on the servitude of slaves and the displacement of native tribes. Their courage won the war—but Judith Austin Mills reminds us that true freedom, then and now, requires our steady devotion to humanity.
Novelist Judith Austin Mills has once again given us her insightful characters and exceptional ability to bring alive a turning point in history. Always discerning and perceptive, she guides us into unforgettable territory with a masterful and steady hand. A "Must Read" for the whole family.
Those Bones at Goliad is a deeply emotional, factually written story of the Texas split from Mexico. Judith Austin Mills knits historical characters with fictional characters into a fine readable fabric that is rich in color and scope. She has penned a narrative of extraordinary proportions.
Weaving a tale around the intertwining lives of the men and women of the Texas Revolution, Judith Austin Mills takes the reader on an exciting ride filled with acts of courage, perseverance, triumph, and tragedy. Want to know what life was like in revolutionary Texas and its aftermath? Read this well-researched book.
344 pages, $21.95
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