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Art :: Book Signing
Author Talk with Jan Elpel
2:00 PM
Country Bookshelf
Author Talk with Jan Elpel for the History Trilogy: Berrigans Ride, Healers of Big Butte, and Heirloom China on May 18th @2pm

Join us for an afternoon author talk with local author Jan Elpel for her Historical Trilogy – Berrigan’s Ride, Healers of Big Butte, and Heirloom China.Berrigan’s Ride is a love story that unfolds in the gold rush days of Sterling, Montana Territory, 1866 – 1868. Kent Berrigan heard the call to go West in the company of other Confederates seeking peace and a new identity after the Civil War. He pursues the one woman who captures his fancy, Marion Patton of Coloma, California, who has a vision of the future of the country if not her own destiny. Berrigan’s Ride is first in a trilogy exploring attitudes and relationships at a time of sweeping changes in the Territory and across the newly unified expanse of the United States.
Healers of Big Butte explores the clash of modern versus traditional medicine in Big Butte, Montana Territory in 1875 – 1877. Carrie Tarynton saves the life of a prized horse and confronts age-old superstitions and practices, as well as two “modern” physicians from the East. She enlists a Shoshone healer to heal her husband, Mac Tarynton, and her marriage. Mac seeks Kent Berrigan’s help to defend his ranch against mining companies that spoil pristine streams, while rising conflicts lead up to the Nez Perce War.
Heirloom China is a murder mystery that pits Patrick Colter’s obsession against unknown forces in the silver mining town of Butte, Montana Territory, 1877 – 1879. Patrick risks all for a chance to solve a cold case in revenge of his role model and mentor, a man who inspired him to attend Harvard and bring law and justice to the Territory. His wife, Shelley, becomes a rising star in the movement for women’s equality and the vote, which threatens Patrick’s sense of a man’s place and position. Heirloom China is the third novel in the trilogy and traces the early women’s suffrage movement from East to West, 1877 – 1879, a sliver of time prior to the rise of copper kings of Butte.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Country Bookshelf
Address: 28 W Main St Bozeman, Montana 59715
Phone: 4065870166

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