Strangers & Pilgrims by award-winning author Stephen Bly -Book 1 The Homestead young adult fiction series
In this young adult fiction series, 17-year-old Jolie Bowers’ father, Matthew Bowers, firmly believes, “Every adversity has value if one searches for value.” The Bowers family knows a lot about adversity. Now they’re ready to settle in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. There’s just one problem … actually, there are several. Their new homestead is definitely not what they were told. Even more disturbing, the homestead doesn’t seem to be completely theirs.
The whole town’s talking about the Bowers. Especially their beautiful and smart teen daughter, Jolie Bowers. She and her family seem full of warmth, faith, and hospitality. Yet they don’t hesitate to defy convention. They root for the Bowers family to overcome the constant challenges and turn this land of strangers into friends. Well, maybe not everyone.
Excerpt from young adult fiction Strangers & Pilgrims:
“What do you take us for, missy? Store clerks?” the one with thinning gray hair huffed.
“No, to be honest, you look like unemployed drovers who got to town days ago and still haven’t had a bath. You’ve consume most of your leisure downing whiskey. Rye whiskey, by the fragrance of it. And since you have a square jaw and commanding chin, I certainly don’t know why you don’t shave off that woebegone beard.”
“She’s got you pegged, Luke,” Raymond hooted.
Jolie spun around. “And you, sir, must have spent this morning feeding hogs. No smell as rank as a hog pen. I’ve always thought it strange that most people who work around hogs lose offense at the aroma and have no idea what they pack with them.”
Raymond looped his thumbs in his leather suspenders. “You’re a nosy thing for a little girl.”
“I’m seventeen, not at all nosy, and only wish to find some help in this store. Neither of you favor store clerks, that is true. But you both look like men who have purchased canned prunes. I can’t seem to locate them.”
Luke laughed. “Young lady, I don’t reckon I ever run across a gal as pointed as you. Sort of use them words like nails on a stick, don’t ya?”
“First, a small woman stops a runaway team. Now a seventeen-year-old cuffs us with conversation. This is quite a day, Luke McKay.” —
Other young adult fiction resources:
Playlist: a new site for Christian young adult fiction releases: http://playlistfiction.com/books/all-books/
If you like The Homestead series, you might also enjoy The Skinners of Goldfield, another family life historical fiction series: https://www.blybooks.com/bookstore/historical-fiction-series/