The Silent Stranger
by Paula F. Winskye
220 pages, 6 x 9, Trade Paper $14.95
Special Introductory Price $12.95
ISBN: 1-59663-744-7, 978-1-59663-744-3
Who was this
silent stranger? Starved, tortured
and incapable of speaking, would he ever recover?
Michelle Bowman leads a contented life, teaching in a one-room school on her parents' remote Wyoming ranch. But her world turns upside down one day when, on a field trip with her students, she discovers a "wild man" in the mountains. Starving, filthy, and utterly unable to communicate, he fears everyone. She manages to gain his trust but is shocked when, as she washes away the filth and dirt from his body, she discovers horrifying scars. The nature of these scars leads her to suspect that the mystery man was a victim of some kind of long-running torture.
Michelle is then overwhelmed with questions. Who is this silent stranger? Where on earth did he come from? Who would abuse him like this and was he a victim of someone in her small, closed community? And so begins the long journey, for both of them, wherein Michele sets out to nurse her charge back to health and teach him to rejoin humanity. She calls him Philip because he has a way with horses and Philip means lover of horses.Michelle's life, as well as that of her family, will be turned upside-down while she solves the mysteries surrounding the bizarre story of the silent stranger.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paula F. (Pfeiffer) Winskye began writing novels about girls and horses at
age 12. For the next 30 years she wrote for her own enjoyment. She credits
her husband, John, with encouraging her to seek publication. She released
her first novel, James Collins: Royal Entanglements in 2002, and has since
published two more in the Collins Family Saga, of which she has written
16. She is a native of New Rockford, North Dakota. Currently, in addition
to writing, Winskye and her husband raise Tennessee Walking Horses on a
small farm near Sheyenne, ND. She has one step-son, Joe. She continues to
refine her mystery writing technique, with help from the Lake Region
Writers Group. (lakeregionwriters @ yahoogroups.com) Learn more at