A Higher Calling

Laura's Tale

Book Cover: A Higher Calling
Part of the Sam and Laura's Story series:
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in

Recipient of The Gold Award from Literary Titan

What is the matter with you? We do not need his money!” She stood behind him; her hands on her hips.
“It’s not about the money.”
His voice was calm. He could have told her what day of the week it was with the same level of excitement.
“Then why? Why must you go back and try to get yourself killed? You have responsibilities here!”
Sam stopped brushing and seemed ready to turn and face her. He then thought better and did not. He returned to brushing the horse.
“Samuel, you turn around and face me! You tell me why I have to get ready to mourn a second man in my life. You tell me what I’m supposed to tell our children!”
His turn was powerful and deliberate; he faced her, “Our children, Laura? It wasn’t that long ago you told me in no uncertain terms they were your children and I was a bad influence. You share them with me only when it suits you. They are our children if you think you can use them to your advantage.”
“Is that why you’re doing this? To punish me for what I said?”
“Laura, please. Do you really think that little of me? I gave the man my word. I promised him I would avenge him if this happened.”
“You promised? You promised? You also promised my husband you would look after us. I know Wiggins was your friend, but he is cold and dead in the ground. There is nothing you can do that will change that.”
Sam’s’ brows furrowed, “And how is that different from William, your husband? Is he not also cold and dead in the ground?”
Laura stepped forward and took his free hand. She placed his hand on her chest, between her breasts, “Does this feel like it’s cold and dead? Do you not feel the love that surges through my body with every beat of my heart? Tell me what I have to do to keep you here? What must I do to change your mind?”

Sam Moses stood at a crossroads. To honor the promise given to a dying man he had followed the beautiful widow, Laura Stoddard and her children to Missouri.  He had promised the crippled Confederate soldier, he would protect and help the family.  Moses was a man who kept his word.
Now, he had received word a friend had been murdered. He had ridden with Wiggins, shared the same fire at supper and slept under the same moon or if the weather was nasty, rain.  They had fought together and defended one another.  They had told each other lies and laughed about it.  Now, Wiggins was dead.  Shot down as he sat playing cards. Never having many friends, Moses had promised to avenge Wiggins’ death if needed. It was needed.  He had given his word.  Sam Moses kept his word.

So now, the crossroads.  In order to keep one promise, he must break the other.  Which promise was the more important?  Did helping the living outweigh the avenging of a death?  Which was the higher calling?  He could only honor one.

Reviews:Thomas Anderson on Literary Titan Book Review wrote:

A Higher Calling is volume 2 in the Sam and Laura's Story novels that follow the life of Sam and Laura. With William gone, Laura has taken over her father’s estate and Sam has stepped into the role of father figure to the children with a potential romance blossoming in the horizon. However Sam’s reputation follows him into his new life and even though he’s retired from his gun wearing, law fulfilling days, his new life is threatened as the opportunity for revenge comes knocking on the door. Will he risk compromising his new life for the taste of revenge for the ghosts of his past?

A Higher Calling, written by Kwen D. Griffeth, is a beautifully written novel that is filled with charm and a dash of action and romance. This novel takes us to Missouri where Sam is learning the ropes of being a farmer, surrogate father and a well-presented man. However, remnants of his old life filter through to Sam’s present and he finds himself mingling with people from the past. People who only knew him as the strong-willed and fierce man who struck fear into the hearts of those who were caught on the wrong side of the law will be surprised at the transformation that Sam has begun to undertake. Conflicting personas lead the people close to him to wonder, is he Sam Cardiff or is he still swept up in the world of Sam Moses?

There are innocent romances weaved throughout the story as William (William and Laura’s son) meets a beautiful girl, Opal with glistening hair that shines in the sun. The relationships are built from family ties right through to lovers and long-time friends. The progression of the relationship between Sam and William was one of the highlights of A Higher Calling as you watched them learn, grow and develop themselves into a father-son style bond.

The beginning of the novel felt a little slow at times however I soon realized it was important in the development of the characters. When an evil, twisted being knocks on Laura’s door, everything begins to change with Sam being forced to question himself and the new life that he has chosen. This is where the book begins to pick up speed and rides away into a story line that will keep you hooked until the very end.

I admire Griffeth’s ability to convey dialogue between characters that can be passionate and emotional and at times tugged at the heartstrings. The raw emotion could be felt from the character Laura as she processes emotions ranging from yearning to anger and good ole fashion love. You could feel her voice through the pages and I could effortlessly imagine her pain, her lust and even her fear. Even though the scenes at times were passionate, Kwen Griffeth keeps the story line always at a high level of class and sophistication.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a heartfelt and action filled novel. Will Sam fit into his new role as the rancher who raises horses and cattle or will he be drawn back into the world of guns and western criminals?

rionrity on Amazon wrote:

I’m an aspiring writer, but even more, an accomplished reader for over 60 years now. I’ve read many of Zane Grey’s offerings and virtually all of those by Louis L'Amour. I judge a book by how it captures and holds my attention. In all honesty, during the final two thirds of this one I could hardly put it down, and the surprise ending left me hungering for more of the story.

In my opinion Kwen Griffeth, although not as well-known as those venerable sages, is every bit their equal in telling a good tale. His talent for period correct detail and character development makes for a story that I was able to crawl inside of and feel right at home with. Being born in the rural Midwest, and having spent much of my life there and as well the wide open spaces of Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico, his characters were so true to life that it felt almost as if I had known each one of them personally at some time in my past. He is especially accomplished in the way he handles the emotions and interaction of his characters, in such a way that they seem like real honest-to-goodness folks instead of just two dimensional figures on the page of book.

This is the second installment of the story of Sam Moses and I understand a third installment is soon to come. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

M. Rion

Helen Harris on Amazon wrote:

I am continually amazed at each book I read that was written by Kwen Griffeth. Summers are so busy so it took me awhile to start reading this book. I was afraid if I picked it up and started reading I would not be able to put it down and I was so right. This book caught my attention within the very first chapter and kept me hooked the entire book. My first thought was it cannot end this way but I think Kwen could not have picked a better ending because now I don't think the third book can be published soon enough.

LaRene on Amazon wrote:

Oh my goodness.......this certainly was one huge roller coaster ride...more like the colossus! Beautifully written, so very captivating, intense the entire way through! I love how Sam eventually found himself and came to terms with his past to move on to a better life, one filled with people who love him for,who he is and who in turn he has learn to love and appreciate their simple, yet very hard way of life! As is the history for this time period....happiness in such simple ways, yet trials, sorrow and tragedy plagues everyone in one form or another.....oh my, makes a person grateful for what they have, look and work towards something better with those they truly love and want to share their lives with. Thank you D. Kwen Griffith for your wonderful gift you were blessed with...just took a few years for you to realize it.