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5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely Beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
This story about the pioneers of yesteryear reveals some of the trails endure as they crossed from the east to west seeking a new future. Reading one review that said it was too unreal... all I have to say is, "how do you know??? did you live then??" Also, the author explains in the beginning that some of the story is fact and some fiction. People were different to how they are today. I notice the difference from the 1950s when I grew up as to how life is in 2020. We were not as outspoken about our feelings or hygiene, and growing up in a country town people shared and helped one another more than they bother to now. God bless this author on a VERY well written story. I can't wait to read the follow up books.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot as good as I thought it would be.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2016
I started out liking this book, but by the middle I began to see the story falling apart from the plains crossing to one of two people wanting each other and it all just felt flat to me. I did not find it believable. A small Indian child being kidnapped by the Soldiers to be used as barter, then escapes into Hallies wagon, she helps him hide away until evening and then she helps him escape the wagon train and head back to his people, later to return with his father to give them free access to cross Indian lands. Just seemed the book needed filling at that point and the Author used this story to fill the space. I did not like the romance going between the widow and her guy, via the Ladies of the Night. All seemed contrite. Therefore I had to give the story only 3 stars. A little less open kissing between these two and maybe just looks instead, would have rounded it out for me better. But, hey, everyone is a critic. I am sure others would have liked it fine.
5.0 out of 5 starsClean, heartwarming, and exciting.
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
After the death of her husband, follow Hallie and son Tim west to fulfill their family dream to settle the Willamette Valley, OR. The over 2,000 mile trip by wagon train needed a man to help them, so she hired Cooper. After the hard trip the demons of his past cause Cooper to deny his heart and returns to MO. Love haunts him and Hallie, but what can bridge the miles between them?
5.0 out of 5 starsMemorable tale of pioneers on the Oregon Trail
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2017
I was taken on a wagon journey through the 2,000 miles from Missouri to Willamette Valley in Oregon. Romance woven in with tales of hardship, adapting, maturing ......you can't help but develop a sense of adventure. The author makes the journey and historic stops interesting with incidents and accidents that bring those places to life, gripping the reader.
Only the ending seemed rushed, as with many stories that neatly tie ends together in perfect little packages, in contrast to the prolonged adventure of the bulk of the story. But it made for a good read. Particularly when the author peopled the pioneers with a mix of family folks, prospectors, 'fancy' women and church ladies, adding conflict and showing characters evolving, it touches the reader. Hop on and travel west!!
If you like wagon train stories then this book is for you. It is a good story that keeps you wanting to read more and more. The only disappointment in the book was that it had to end !! I can't wait to read the next one and am going to buy the three books in another series written by this author as soon as I have finished this review.
I loved this book!! Couldn't put it down! I love these books set in history. I love to read the details of how people lived and survived. This author does an excellent job of transporting you right into the lives of the characters. I depend greatly on reviews that are posted on Amazon. Even when I am left purchasing an item elsewhere, I read what the reviewers here have to say. I want to assist others by providing reviews that give detailed personal experience about the products that I buy on Amazon. I received no compensation for my review and state my honest and unbiased opinion of the product. My words and the rating I provide are mine and are based on my own personal experience with this book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2013
Have you ever wondered what life was like for people traveling from the East across the plains to places like Wyoming and Oregon? Read this book and you will find out! The book was fairly well researched (she shared her sources in the back of the book) and it is written well. Of course I have read many of Verna's books and they have satisfied my need to go of wanderiing somewhere in the dead of winter. If you like westerns and want to know how many of our families got past the Continental Divide ......this is the book for you.
I really devour wagon train books and read many over the years (I am 75) This book is one of the best written I have read. The only comment, there never are any details regard the difficulties of every day, i.e. cooking over open fire, using "chips" for fuel, learning to cook frugally, living in the same clothes ..forever., etc.