1867. Ruth Holtz has more blessings than she can count—a loving
husband, an abundant farm, beautiful children, and the warm embrace of
the Amish community. Then, the English arrive, spreading incredible
stories of free land in the West and inspiring her husband to dream of a
new life in Idaho.
Breaking the rules of their Order, Ruth’s husband packs up his pregnant wife and their four children and joins a wagon train heading west. Though Ruth is determined to keep separate from the English, as stricture demands, the harrowing journey soon compels her to accept help from two unlikely allies: Hortence, the preacher’s wife, and the tomboyish, teasing Sadie.
But as these new friendships lead to betrayal, what started as a quest for a brighter future ends with Ruth making unthinkable sacrifices, risking faith and family, and transforming into a woman she never imagined she’d become…
E. B. Moore is a metal sculptor turned writer. Her chapbook of poems, New Eden, A Legacy, (Finishing Line Press, 2009) served as the foundation for her novel, An Unseemly Wife (forthcoming from NAL/Penguin). These writings are based on family stories from her Amish roots in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She graduated from Grub Street’s Novel Incubator and has received full fellowships to The Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.