Promise Given

A true story of a remarkable love, a promise given...and of bluebirds...

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Bonanza Publishing announces the release of a new nonfiction book, A Promise Given by award winning author Rick Steber.

Trevor Russell grew up hunting, fishing and camping in the outdoors of the great Pacific Northwest. He enlisted and served in WWII, returned home, attended college on the GI bill, fell in love and was married. A Promise Given is the true story of two rather common people, but because of the love they shared for nearly six decades it is anything but common. In one of life's most crucial moments, as his wife is dying from the ravages of Parkinson's disease, Trevor poses a question to her, asking, "Sweetheart, after you're gone and in heaven waiting for me, is there anything I can do for you here on earth?"

His wife's answer is quick and decisive, as if she has already given this particular question considerable thought. "Yes," she says. "Promise me one thing; promise me you will bring the mountain bluebirds back to Oregon.

"Since the arrival of the first Europeans, 90 per cent of the bluebirds in North America have been killed, but Trevor knows what he must do to fulfill the promise he has given. He begins making bird houses. To date he has made more than a thousand birdhouses he tacks to trees and fence posts, or gives away to anyone who will put them up. His heroic efforts have proven decisive and the beautifully iridescent mountain bluebirds are making a strong comeback in Eastern Oregon, and their population is spreading across Oregon, and beyond. The first chapter of A Promise Given, one of the most compelling and touching love stories you will ever read, can be viewed on this website

A Promise Given is written by Eastern Oregon author Rick Steber, an engaging western personality with more than thirty titles under his belt and over a million books in print. Rick is the only Oregon author to have won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award - Best Western Novel. He is a keen observer of the changing American West and he articulates these changes in prose that are boldly descriptive, invigorating and creative. His writing has been compared to Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, McMurtry and Stegner.