It's 1881, and the plight of the Saints sent to colonize southeastern Utah weighs heavily on the heart and mind of LDS apostle Erastus Snow. Enduring heat, drought, wind, failed crops, and chronic poverty, the embattled citizens of Bluff Fort are also plagued by Indian depredations and an infestation of vicious outlaws.
At the heart of this struggle to survive are Billy and Eliza Foreman and their infant son, Willy. Nearly paralyzed by her fear of the evil Indian Posey, Eliza must also battle poor health, discouragement, and the aftermath of a personal loss she can hardly bear. Matters are made worse when her husband has to seek employment over the winter away from the fort. With so much adversity, she and the other members of the Church face a stern test of their faith and courage.
When Billy signs on as a cowpuncher and is turned over to Curly Bill Jenkins for initiation into the world of bucking broncos, herding cattle, and roping, the fur begins to fly, and the little Mormon greenhorn is hard-pressed to survive.
Filled with emotion, humor, and high adventure, Curly Bill's Gift is the third and final volume in Blaine Yorgason's Hearts Afire series. It's a rollicking good read, with a cast of unforgettable characters set in a starkly beautiful country. This book will capture your imagination, tickle your funny bone, and engage your heart. [publisher's blurb]