is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her adult Golden Oaks series which
includes Family Secrets, the first book in the series, and her historical
the first year of her life, Robyn has lived in California. She started her
young life in San Diego and has had gradually moved northward. She has been
writing since she was in junior high school.
working several jobs, including that of being a rural carrier and union steward
for the California Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, she has spent years
learning and teaching family history topics. She enjoys focusing on history
from a genealogist’s perspective by seeking out the details of everyday life in
the past. Several of her family history articles have been published in
with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” When
she is not piecing together novel plots and characters, she enjoys piecing
together quilt blocks.
homestead near Abilene, Kansas and a limp as a result of an arrow shot in his
low back while with the 16th Kansas Cavalry on the Powder River Expedition in
1865. What he doesn’t have is a wife. Then again, what woman would want to
marry a cripple?
only does the man who sent for her reject her, he tries to sell her to the
local brothel to recoup his fee. Otto offers to marry her, but she rejects him
in favor of a job with his relatives.
Will Otto’s offer still stand when
trouble from Libby’s past catches up with her?
to his brother’s rescue. “Thank you, Henry. I appreciate what you did.” He
faced to his father. “Try to not be too hard on him, Pa. I think he did use
good judgment. He held his fire until it was clear that man intended to charge
me and Libby with the knife and do bodily harm, but he didn’t wait so long he
and I were upon each other and Henry couldn’t hit him without risking me.”
stood a little taller after Otto’s defense, but still he turned to his father
waited while his father, with a bemused expression, looked between his two
sons. Otto knew part of the problem was that the words “Henry” and “good
judgment” didn’t normally go together in the same sentence.