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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Circuit Rider Saga
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:267
  • eBook ISBN:9781483510040

Kentucky Road

by Stephen Bransford

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In 1783, the youthful heir to an American fortune hounds a circuit rider deep into the wilds of Kentucky. The youth carries a secret―he is the preacher’s illegitimate son. Raging against his father’s hypocrisy, both men are ambushed by an evil so monstrous they must join forces to survive. Kentucky Road leads to romance, reconciliation, and an unforgettable ending.
This rewrite by Stephen Bransford, was first published by Doubleday, NY in 1984 as "Riders of the Long Road." It became a Dallas Times Herald bestseller and a winner of the Texas Literary Festival award for fiction. The book was the only work of fiction endorsed by the United Methodist Church Bi-centennial Committee in 1984. The novel has been praised for its historical accuracy by the Berkley Springs (Bath) Historical society, as well as by reviewers nationwide. Reviewed in the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and by dozens of others, Bransford was praised as a "powerful writer" and the novel as "…action, adventure, romance," "…but more than just another adventure story" “…compelling…” "…an engrossing novel." In this rewrite titled, “Kentucky Road,” the author has punched up the conflict between father and son, and without apology has unveiled a surprise ending, designed to satisfy the reader and set up a sequel. Enjoy a full gallop ride through Colonial America, and into the spiritual maelstrom that in a generation raised Kentucky from a criminal dumping ground to noble statehood.
About the author
Bestselling, award winning author, Stephen Bransford's work spans the genres of historical fiction, supernatural thriller, and biographical novel. He has also penned non-fiction books selling hundreds of thousands of copies in multiple languages, working as a ghost writer. The son of a Pentecostal preacher, he suffered debilitating emotional damage in his youth. The process of reversing it rewarded him with a passion for stories of impossible reconciliation. These are the stuff of his dreams and the fuel of his hope-filled fiction. He likes to say he rescues babies from dirty bathwater. In 1984, nominated by critic, Evelyn Oppenheimer, his first novel about a compromised circuit riding preacher, published by Doubleday, won the Texas Literary Festival Award for fiction. That same year, James Michener, while writing his epic novel, “Texas,” told Bransford he was the only writer he knew who found redeeming social value in the American circuit riding preacher. Given Michener's penchant for trashing religious figures in fiction, Bransford took this as a compliment. “The circuit rider was, in fact, an unsung hero of the American west,” Bransford says, “I rescued him from the bathwater of academic prejudice.” Reviewed favorably in the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly and by other reviewers nationwide, Bransford has been praised as, “… a powerful writer.” His first novel was lauded as, “…compelling… engrossing… action-adventure, but more than just another adventure story.” “A deeply moving story, not only providing a graphic account of how the West was won, but of how the West’s spiritual formation came about.” Through blog posts, Bransford writes about exploring one’s personal story as the key to spiritual transformation― and the key to good writing. He is an accomplished public speaker, and can be found at
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