Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. Read more...
Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear or even loving someone new.
During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning independent, beautiful "trouble."
Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God s grace and the promise of a new home?"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Hodgson (Two Brides Too Many) continues the stories of Anna Goben and Caroline Milburn, first introduced in The Quilted Heart e-book novellas. Anna, her mother, and grandfather continue to grieve for the loss of Anna’s brother, killed in the Civil War. Hoping a new environment will revive their spirits, the trio make plans to join the Boones Lick Company wagon train headed to California. Caroline, a war widow, wants a fresh start as well, but first she must overcome trail master Garrett Cowlishaw’s objections to a single woman attempting the arduous journey. Among the Boone Lick trail hands are Caleb Reger, a man trying to outrun his past; Boney Hughes, Anna’s brother’s best friend and the man she jilted at the altar; and Isaac, a former slave adjusting to life as a free man. The rustic setting of the trail lends itself to drama, while the sheer number of unattached men and women allows for ample doses of romance and rejection. A bonus for lovers of light historical fiction. Agent: Janet Kobobel Grant, Books & Such Literary Agency. (Aug.)