Parnassus Books welcomes Leanne W. Smith as she signs Leaving Independence.
Abigail Baldwyn might not be a widow after all…
Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn’t dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.
Leading a company along the Oregon Trail isn’t part of Hoke Mathews’s plans. But then the former cavalry scout gets a glimpse of Abigail—so elegant compared to the rest of their hardscrabble wagon community, yet spirited and resilient. Through every peril they encounter—snakebites, Indian raids, fevers, dangerous grudges—his bond with Abigail grows.
Abigail knew this journey would test her courage. Now it’s testing her marriage vows and her heart, daring her to claim a future on her own terms in a land rich with promise.
Leanne W. Smith is a writer and professor. In the 1990s she wrote a regular family humor column for two Middle Tennessee rural newspapers. For the past several years she’s been a faculty member of Lipscomb University’s College of Business. Smith lives in Nashville with her husband. They have two creative daughters and a son-in-law who make the world a more beautiful place through their art, photography, songwriting and mandolin playing.