"Hitch," and the sequel "Hitch and John" tell the tale of life on a wagon-train heading for the Oregon territory and setting up a life.
Hitch and John, the two protagonists, meet up as the wagon train gets underway, realize how alike their thinking is, and become fast friends. Both hate slavery (the year is roughly 1850) and the exploitation of women and their separate and joint actions lead to an African-American wife for Hitch, a Native American wife for John, the rescue of several young girls and teens from forced prostitution as they travel westward.
Neither of the two men hesitate to use their weapons when provoked, which makes them excellent guards for a 250 conestoga wagon train and for beginning life in the new western lands.
The women are delightful. Rachael is brilliant and Susan is a horse (and all other animal) whisperer.
Problems: the writing style tends to be simplistic and a bit too detailed on perhaps secondary aspects. Their world is very black and white - and so are the characters.
An advantage of the simplistic style: I polished off both volumes in 24 hours! They are actually fun reads.