Jed Monroe has a good heart but a restless soul. He lives in 1800s Wheeling, Virginia, but every day he dreams of traveling out West to experience firsthand the adventures that he has only hear about. Meanwhile, Jed s mother and father hope that he will follow in his father s footsteps and become the pastor at the local church. He convinces his parents to let him travel west with some family friends, and that s when Jed s amazing story begins to unfold. Settling in Independence, Missouri, the waystation for settlers traveling to the American West, Jed falls in love, has a family, and also finds opportunities to chase his wanderlust into the virgin and unsettled frontier. This includes fighting in two US wars and seeing much of the fledgling United States in the process. The tale follows Jed s life from the 1830s to the 1860s, a period during which he experiences a roller coaster ride of adventures, accomplishments, and tragedies. He seeks adventure as a way to try to realize the peace and contentment that are missing from his life. This puts him constantly in the position of having to decide between doing what he wants most while abandoning his commitments to others, or instead doing what he knows is right. Ultimately, Jed reaches a turning point, but it is uncertain whether he will overcome his demons and achieve peace or simply give up and fade away from the life he knows. Jed is a gripping tale for all ages set against the unforgiving backdrop of 1800s America, and the first book in a series.
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“An emotional journey”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Stephen J. Zeeb
Wonderfully written! I really enjoyed this story. It had me interested in the main character from the start and following his life had me thinking about how I could see the things that I went through in my life and how they all fit together. I feel that this story could compare to almost every one of our lives. Watching Jed grow and go through life’s journey’s and working through all aspect of his life kept me interested in finding out what was going to happen next. The author really held my emotions on a string and at times I actually got mad/frustrated with some of the turns the book took me in. I really enjoyed how this was all (in my opinion) God-centered and I was truly able to see how my life went through the same phases as Jed. I highly recommend this book!
About the Author
Jim Wetton has been married for 37 years to his beautiful bride, Darlene. He is blessed with his children: Melanie and her husband Shane, and Dustin and his wife Nikki. He has four adorable grandchildren: Sophia, Taylor, Tristan, and Penelope. He is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his fifth grandchild in May 2016. Jim’s earlier book, Not in Charge . . . Anymore, was published in 2013, and is about developing a spiritual and faith-based style of leadership within a secular world. Jim is currently working on his third book, Jacob, which is the prequel to Jed. It traces the footsteps and life of Jed’s grandfather during the infancy of the US republic.
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