Free historical fiction Kindle books for 09 Apr 17

Rilla of Ingleside

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne’s children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can’t think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.

The Navajo Gambler

by Larry Aldrich

This story is about a young Navajo and his life in the wild, wild west during the mid to late 1800s. The places and most of the events in the story are real, but the characters and their adventures are fiction. The story follows the boy’s life experiences with the white man (some good and some bad). It starts on the Bosque Redondo Indian reservation in New Mexico, and it continues on to Navajo Native land near Window Rock, Arizona. It takes you across the Arizona Territory on the Beale Wagon road and down Arizona’s Overland Trail. It also makes visits to the old western towns of Flagstaff, Prescott, Bisbee, Tombstone, Charleston, Tucson, and Holbrook Arizona. And finally, it takes you to the legendary Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona.
The Navajo boy, Noqoilpi, was named after the mythical gambling-god in the creation or migration legend of the Navajo. The legend about this mythical character was told to Washington Mathews, a surgeon for the U. S. Army, while he was assigned to Fort Wingate near Gallop, New Mexico in the late 1800s. Dr. Mathews is known for his studies of the Native American people, especially the Navajo.
Following the Navajo’s surrender to Kit Carson in 1864, some 8,000 Navajo men, women and children were marched nearly 300 miles to the Bosque Redondo reservation in New Mexico. This march is known as the “Long Walk of the Navajo”. From 1864 to 1868, the Navajo were confined to the Bosque Redondo reservation. Disease, crop failure and generally poor conditions resulted in the failure of the reservation, and the Navajo people were allowed to return to their native lands in 1868, but only to a much-reduced Navajo Nation. It wasn’t until 1880, that the Navajo started to get back more of their land. Over time, they got back, piece by piece, portions of their original Nation, but not all.
The Navajo boy in this story was born on the Bosque Redondo reservation in New Mexico. A few years after his birth, the boy’s family returned to the Navajo’s native land in the Arizona Territory. There he lived his early years learning the Navajo ways from his mother and two wise tribal elders. During those early years, he experienced a tragic event that should have ended his life; but guided by the Diyin Dine’e (Navajo Holy People), his life continued. When the boy reached manhood, he realized that he had been saved to avenge the atrocities of five heinous scoundrels and traveled throughout the Arizona Territory to this end.

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