Reluctant Soldier, Reluctant Saint

It’s 1857, and America is filled with 
hope, riches, and promise.
James McCorkle came to America to make his fortune and to find God. But when two thugs rob him of everything and leave him in the gutter, James is forced to make new plans. Joining the army seems to be his only option to survive, and he reluctantly signs up. Upon entering the army, however, he finds himself surrounded by rumors or a distant army””the Mormons””and forced to embark on a merciless trek across the country.
Conflict about fighting people he knows nothing about, James starts on a life-changing march filled with new friends, opportunities, and adventure. And along the way, he discovers something even better than gold. Reluctant Soldier, Reluctant Saint is a surprising coming-of-age tale that reminds you that making the right decisions in the face of adversity will ultimately lead you to God’s loving grace.

TOM ROULSTONE was born in Donegal, Ireland, and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a child he became fascinated with the West, and when eighteen years old moved to British Columbia. After serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he operated a sight-seeing business in the Canadian Rockies. Later, he attended Brigham Young University and Utah State University, earning BA and MA degrees in history. In 1996 Cedar Fort, Inc. published his first novel, One Against the Wilderness. Four years later, he retired from college teaching to devote his time to writing. He is the author of five LDS novels and several Western novellas. Tom and his late wife Betsy have six children. He and his new wife, Serenity, live on a small acreage near Qualicum Beach, BC. For more information about Tom, visit his website at