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Stephen Enna
The Cherokee Bride
Stephen Enna, author
The Cherokee Bride takes place in the year 1850. It is the story of a 17-year-old woman whose name is Maggie Carter. Maggie is an out-of-control kid who is half Cherokee Indian and halfwhite. She grew up in Fayetteville Arkansas and was the child of a single parent Cherokee Indian who was rarely around to give her guidance or support. Her mother died when she was 14 and from then on, she was on her own without support from anyone. In 1850 an article was posted in town that got her attention. A man named Major Peter Jenkins was organizing a wagon train that would leave Fayetteville heading for the California Gold Rush. With nothing to hold her in Fayetteville Maggie signs up and is selected to be one of the scouts for the train. In 1850 early pioneers faced multiple problems and challenges while on the trail but the most serious were three diseases that were killing people right and left. They were Smallpox, Measles and Cholera. The train would face all three as they traveled west. When the wagon train arrives in Grand River Oklahoma Peter recruits five Cherokee Indians to join the train as scouts. It would be their knowledge that he would rely on to lead the train across the long prairies, around the huge mountains in the path and across deserts with no water available. The lead brave selected to serve as Chief Scout is a young man named Jimmy light feather Chawkta. Jimmy is smart, speaks three different Indian languages and was practically born on a horse. This story will keep you on edge as you follow Maggie, Jimmy, and Peter in their 2000-mile trek across the United States Territories to the California Gold rush.