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Justin Carter is my oldest brother and carries the responsibility of the firstborn very seriously . . . especially since our father was killed in a roundup accident several years ago. Justin is a lawyer and enjoys politics, but he can flush out a stray cow or brand a calf when he has to. He has dark hair and blue eyes, and is patient and understanding with me. Read more
Lucy Hawkins Carter marries Justin the fall after I turn fourteen. She lived in San Francisco until she came to keep house for her brother in Frenso. He is an up-and coming young lawyer whom Justin took under his wing. That is how he met Lucy. I wasn't sure I wanted this "city" girl to steal away my oldest and favorite brother, but Lucy has proved herself over and over to be a real Carter. I love her lots. In Courageous Love (when I'm seventeen) we are truly put to the test, and we stick together to the bitter end.
Samuel James Carter is Justin and Lucy's firstborn son. He is a beautiful little boy with dark eyes (from Lucy) and dark hair (from Justin). He plays a very important role in Courageous Love, when he is a little younger than two years of age.
Andrea Grace Carter is Justin and Lucy's newborn daughter. She was named after me, and if you want to figure out why, you shouldprobably read Lucy and my harrowing adventure in Courageous Love.Chad Carter is doing what he always dreamed of doing as he was growing up--running the Circle C ranch. He didn't expect to take over so soon, but with the help of Sid, our foreman, and Mitch, he manages just fine--as long as everybody pulls their own weight. Chad loves me (I'm pretty sure), but has no patience when I ignore his bossing about chores and such. I like to argue with him, but it rarely turns out well. Chad and I are way too much alike. Read more
Ellianna Coulter Carter marries Chad when she is thirty years old and he is thirty-two. They met as children when Chad and our father, James, traveled to Goldtown (our family is part owner of the Midas mine there). Chad and Ellie's brother, Jem, became good friends. Ellie left Goldtown, became a teacher, and taught in schools in many small California towns until she took the job (upon Jem's suggestion) in the Fresno grammar school when old Miss Hall retired. Chad and Ellie quickly renewed their old friendship and were married a year later.
Katherine Carter Swanson and I look a lot alike, but when I first met her, I wish we didn't. I didn't know anything about my 25-year-old sister until the fall of 1880, when Kate showed up on the ranch with her 3 little kids in tow. She'd been gone 10 years, and I sure had a hard time accepting this prodigal sister. It took a few mis-adventures, but now Kate and I are "real" sisters. Katherine and her children live in San Francisco with Aunt Rebecca. Read more
James Carter is my father. This picture was painted shortly before his death in 1873, when I was five years old. He was thrown from his horse during spring round-up. I remember that Father always let me ride in front of him when he went out on the range. His horse was a big buckskin named Dorado. I also remember how tickly his beard was when he kissed me goodnight. I wish I remembered more. Read more
Aunt Rebecca Carter is my father's older sister. She never married, and when her parents passed away back East, she packed up and moved to San Francisco to be closer to her younger brother's family (unfortunately). Aunt Rebecca considers it her Christian duty to let me and my family know what is proper behavior before God and society. She's a blustery, bossy old lady, who is constantly trying to turn me into a proper young lady. She lives in a fancy house in a rich part of San Francisco. Read more
Levi Swanson has had a hard childhood. When my 10-year-old nephew arrives on the ranch, he is a foul-mouthed, fighting little brat, who has no use for girls of any kind. That suits me just fine, but I find herself stuck with him. Mitch gives Levi Patches, a paint horse, and eventually Levi and I become friends. He lives with his mother and sisters in San Francisco. Read more
Elizabeth Swanson (Betsy) is my 6-year-old tag-a-long. Whiny and stubborn, Betsy throws fits and gets into trouble. She does adore me, however, and follows me around whenever she can. Betsy has brown hair and brown eyes and likes to ride Coco, our old, old pony. She now lives with her mother, brother, and little sister in San Francisco. Read more
Hannah Swanson is a spoiled little 3-year-old, with golden curls and blue eyes. She likes to wreck my room, steal my locket, and in general cause all kinds of toddler problems for me. She is never without her doll, Tessie, and she likes to suck her thumb. She is a cuddly little girl when all is said and done, and I learned to love her a lot. Read more
Daniel Carter is the son of my father, James', twin brother. He is the youngest of 4 children and the only one to have survived infancy. Daniel looks enough like my brother Mitch to be his twin, but he is only 2 years old than I. Daniel lives in New York City, where he pretty much does whatever he pleases. When trouble finally catches up, his aunt and uncle send him out West to our ranch, where they hope he will learn the value of hard work.