Abigail Baldwyn might not be a widow after all....
Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn't dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.
Leading a company along the Oregon Trail isn't part of Hoke Mathews's plans. But then the former cavalry scout gets a glimpse of Abigail - so elegant compared to the rest of their hardscrabble wagon community, yet spirited and resilient. Through every peril they encounter - snakebites, Indian raids, fevers, dangerous grudges - his bond with Abigail grows.
Abigail knew this journey would test her courage. Now it's testing her marriage vows and her heart, daring her to claim a future on her own terms in a land rich with promise.
©2016 Leanne Wood Smith (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Scripture references are from the Holy Bible, King James Version, public domain, except for those where the New International Version is used. 1 Corinthians 11:15 taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The John Donne poem "No Man Is an Island," excerpts from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key are in the public domain. Grateful acknowledgment is made to reprint lyrics from the following hymns: "Blue Bell of Scotland," traditional Scottish folk ballad by Dora Jordan and "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me," slave spiritual, author unknown.
This was a sweet story-not very deep but something I would enjoy listening to on a long trip. The narrator is very good but not necessarily one of the best I've ever heard. Perhaps it is because I'm a Southerner I found her accent just a little bit forced and over the top at times. Tennessee accents are difficult to do and she does an admirable job- but after about 10 hrs I started noticing it more. I don't know if I will listen to this book again but I would try another one by this author or performed by this narrator.
I enjoyed this story of love on the plains with a few twists. Although I thought the performance was very good, some of the voices were excellent, others didn't seem to match what I thought main male characters should sound like. I enjoyed the Christian elements which were subtle.
I am a retired school teacher (K-6) and live in the desert of New Mexico. I like fiction and religious books and I love the new combo of Kimble Fire HD and Audible. You can read, listen or do both.
Cross the country with a wagon train full of excitement and fall in love with characters you can relate to. It all feels so real as you follow Abigail and her family to a new life.
I loved every second of it. Either way.
When Holk and Abigail finally came around to sharing feelings.
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