Set in the early days of colonial America near Sibley, Missouri. A young couple is separated during an Indian attack on their homestead. Each faces terror on a 25 mile trek through the wilderness to Fort Osage.​
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Savage Wilderness
A Colonial Adventure Novella
by L. L. Rigsbee
Book Description 

When their frontier cabin is attacked and burned by Shawnee Indians, Ralph and Rachel are separated. Rachel gives birth alone in a cave while Ralph fends off the attackers in their cabin. Rachel, thinking Ralph has been killed, sets out on a 25-mile trek through the wilderness to the nearest settlement, Fort Osage (Now Sibley, Missouri). She has a phobia about the wilderness and the beasts that live in it - including the savage Indians. Fighting a battle of her own with fear, pain, hunger and exhaustion, Rachel repeatedly gets lost.
Ralph, wounded in the battle, is having a hard time catching up with Rachel. He is unaware that she has given birth to their son. He is concerned by the fact that she keeps getting lost, but when he discovers an Indian is stalking her, he is terrified for her.

Editor's Review

"Savage Wilderness" is an action-packed frontier novella. Ralph and Rachel are separated when their cabin is attacked and burned by some Shawnee Indians. Each must make a harrowing journey to the nearest settlement. Before she begins her journey, Rachel becomes her own midwife in a hidden cave. Thinking her husband is dead, she starts out the next morning on her own. Exhaustion and pain are bad enough, but she has a phobia about the wilderness. Ralph, wounded during the battle, is having a difficult time catching up with her. As he follows her trail, he discovers that a mysterious Indian is stalking her.

Reader Comments:

"I have read some great western books in my life and I consider this one in that category. If you like western books like I do, you need to read this one."

"Just as good as Ralph Cotton or Louis L'amour."

"I found each paragraph of your writing full of life as it led my mind along the journey as if I was there."

​"Dear Ms. Rigsbee - I cannot tell you enough how I so enjoy your books ... when I want to escape this stressful life I live at the moment, I start on chapter one of your writings and just melt away to a hundred years ago ... a century I should have lived in ... I feel at home in your stories ... thank you for your talents and never let the western romance die."

"Awesome eBook! Story was great with suspense, adventure and anxiety for the unexpected. The ending very different from the always "happy ending" specially when it involves Indians. Love it!"

Reviews from Amazon:

"I enjoyed this book, got a sample, then bought it because it pulled me in from the very beginning and I read right through to the end. I enjoyed the storyline and the two main characters. The only thing that sort of interrupted my reading were all the questions that were sprinkled too close together. But all in all, despite all the questions on some of the pages, I was entertained by this book and felt it was a happy way to spend a few hours. No sexual content."

"Well written western in the genre of Louis L'Amour. Keeps the reader on edge with concern for the separation between husband and wife at an extremely vulnerable time and hoping for a quick resolution to their problems. Keeps you wondering to the very end."

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    When Indians attack and burn their frontier cabin, Rachel and Ralph are separated. Each, separately, must make a 25-mile journey through the wilderness to the nearest settlement, Fort Osage. Rachel has just given birth and Ralph was wounded in the battle.
       Rachel thinks Ralph was killed in the battle. She is determined to protect their infant from the elements and the beasts in the wilderness.
    Ralph doesn’t know Rachel has given birth. He discovers that she is being stalked by an Indian, but is unable to catch up with her so he can protect her.
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