In this historical youth fiction adventure novel, Daisy Hopewell opens a bakery with her three sons. Her husband was killed in a railroad accident, leaving no pension or other provision. She sells doughnuts in northern Utah Territory. With the help of friends in the Union Pacific Railroad, Daisy secures a great location for her bakery at Promontory Point.
Daisy wants enough profit to pay off some bills. Alex, 14, is the man of the family. He tries to care for his mother and younger brothers. But it’s not easy. Cyrus shirks his duties by dreaming up new-fangled contraptions. A blonde-haired girl complicates Alex’s life. And menacing gunmen hide a mysterious package at the family’s bakery.
Excerpt from the youth fiction adventure: Mysterious Robbery on the Utah Plain
The fourteen-year-old stuck his head behind the canvas flap that served as the front door of the ten-by-twelve white canvas side-wall tent. “I’m down to my last pan fullo, and I’ve got ’em standin’ in line clean down to the railroad tracks!” Sweat drenched Alexander Hopewell’s white cotton shirt.
…Mrs. Napoleon Hopewell glanced up from the giant cast-iron frying pan and tried to brush her blonde hair off her forehead with the back of her hand. “Sell this last pan full, then hang up the Closed sign.”
Alex turned to look at the sunken eyes of a thin Irish laborer who stood behind a fat, red-nosed gambler. “They’ll be heartbroken, Mama. They’ve been pinin’ for a Mrs. Hopewell doughnut.”
“No man ever died from lack of a doughnut…If we don’t let the stove and the cook rest a bit, there won’t be any more anytime.”
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Mysterious Robbery on the Utah Plains is an American Frontier historical youth fiction adventure. For 9-14 years.