The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn by Frank Kelso

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Plump, lazy, and spoiled, Nigel enters an unwelcome new world–work or starve.
Nigel’s easy life disappeared with the plunk of an arrow.
Comanches slaughter Reverend Blackthorn and his family before he preaches one word.
Nigel survives by hiding in a hollow tree.
He prays for God to send help. Instead, Pascal LeBrun, a roaming muleteer, rides to the smoke of the burning wagons to find the sole survivor.
Nigel finds survival is the way of life on the prairie.
Worse yet, English is a little used third language after French and Spanish.
Nigel finds his life will never be the same.
His a choice: an orphanage or an apprenticeship on the mule train for a piddling wage.

The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn is a great read. I usually don't read westerns but I enjoyed this book very much. Amazon, 5-stars, March 14, 2019

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