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Destiny Valley : a western story
Grove, Fred.
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Unity, Me. : Five Star, [2000]

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221 pages ; 23 cm.
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Captain Evan H. Shelby was retired from a distinguished military career when he contracted tuberculosis. His condition was considered hopeless until he went west to occupy a humble cabin in the great Gila Wilderness of New Mexico Territory, and he has been without symptoms for six months. Shelby has come to love the Rosita farming and ranching community, where he has many friends. When a major Texas cow outfit opens a land office in Rosita, intending to form a big cattle ranch, Shelby's worried friends ask him to become involved ...

Author Notes

Fred Grove was born on the fourth of July 1913, in Hominy, Oklahoma, the fourth of five children. Grove earned his B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1937, where he was sports editor of the student daily during his senior year. He later served as sports editor for two daily newspapers before drifting into general news and desk work.

Grove had attempted to write Westerns after Word War II, and interviewed many Oklahoma pioneers while working as a reporter for the Shawnee Morning News. He sold his first short story, "The Hangrope Ghost," to .44 Western magazine in 1951. He taught beginning reporting and worked in public relations at the University of Oklahoma, where he had taken creative writing courses from Foster Harris and Walter Campbell. Grove later served as Public Information Director of the Oklahoma Education Television Authority.

Flame of the Osage was his first book, published when he was forty-five. He had previously sold Western short stories to pulp magazines and Boy's Life during the 1950s. In addition to his five Spur awards from Western Writers of America, Fred Grove has received the Saddleman, the first Oklahoma Writing Award, and two Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Grove died on September 11, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. He was 95. (Bowker Author Biography)

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This much-honored western author, the winner of five Spur awards, is the son of a ranching father and a mother who was part Osage and Sioux. Here he tells the story of Evan Shelby, West Point graduate, distinguished cavalry officer, and tuberculosis victim. Discharged from the army, Shelby settles in the New Mexico Territory where, with the help of a doctor who shares his malady, he is well on his way to being cured. Soon he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between local ranchers and a Texas cattle company with plans to move into the area, buy up the small ranches, and set up an enormous spread. The conflict is complicated by the fact that Shelby, on the side of the locals, finds himself falling in love the young woman who owns the Texas company. Mainstream western fare, sure to satisfy genre regulars. --Budd Arthur