Oklahoma Run Author:Alberta Wilson Constant In this thrilling story of a man who dared cast aside security to win land of his own, one of the most colorful and exciting chapters in our recent American past is brought vigorously to life. For Bush Sheridan, who took his wife and daughter out into the vast, unsettled Oklahoma Territory, was, among the band of bold and hardy homesteaders who ... more »founded our forty-sixth state. `
No matter how much Bush Sheridan achieved at Riverview plantation, it would still be "the Saunders place"-and he the hired man who had somehow married Allegra Saunders, the master's daughter. Pride and honor compelled him to strike out for himself.
It was to the West that opportunity beckoned: thousands of acres of government land were being thrown open to homesteaders. Only his love for his gently-reared Allegra made him hesitate. Was it fair to uproot her from the elegant society of her birth? Could he ask her to bring up their daughter Lainey in untamed Indian country?
Actually Allegra had made her decision the day she defied her family to marry Bush. She was as beautiful as a fairy princess, but she had a woman's heart; she would follow where her husband led. As for Lainey, her quick enthusiasm left no doubt that she had inherited her father's spirit along with his green eyes.
So with hundreds of other homesteaders, the Sheridans lined up to await the starting signal of the Oklahoma Run. And in a desperate race against time, the elements, and the greed of armed claim-jumpers, Bush won title to the acres that might someday be "the Sheridan place."
Thus begins a novel in which the hoofbeats of racing action blend with the heartbeats of poignant human emotion. How Bush pitted his strength and his faith in the red earth against drought, depression, and danger; how Allegra fought homesickness and hardship to preserve her marriage; how Lainey became the apex of a triangle involving a steady young farmer and a reckless cowhand are the vital strands in this dramatic story.
Oklahoma Run is a matchless panorama of human endeavor-from the building of a home to the building of a state-filled with believable portraits of the valiant men and women who were pioneers only yesterday. And it is a saga of family life so vivid, so authentic that it will become a part of your living experience.« less