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5.0 out of 5 starsLily is freed from her captors, but is she really free to live her life as she hopes?
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2017
Lily was captured by Sioux Indians from a wagon train going to Oregon. Jed has been guiding two more wagon trains since that happened on he and his brothers watch, and has looked for her on each trip, asking every trapper and guide he has come across both going to Oregon and on his return trips back to the East. Finally he hears from two old trappers who have found her, and traded goods and horses for her. Lily is safe, but has become cautious and self-sufficient in her two years with the Sioux tribe. The wagon train people don't want her traveling with them, but Jed gives them no choice. Either go with us, or you are on your own. Several trials await Lily, plus more intrigued than Jed counted on. Wagon train travel is filled with perils of nature, and even more caused by man...and this one is no different. Stabbings, hangings, intrigue, and harassment abound. Will they make it to Oregon intact or will tragedy reign supreme? This 3rd story of life going to Oregon is filled will some great characters, and wonderful stories. I would love to see more stories like this.
Book three," A Love Worth Searching For " was certainly a book worth waiting for!! Kathleen Ball is a fine writer, develops her characters with great skill, and spins her stories well. The entire series was awesome, well written and greatly entertaining. It says a lot when you move from book to book in a series and even allowing for the passing of time until the next book is released...you remember all the characters, all the stories, all the details of each book. Well done, Ms. Ball...I am a fan of your writing and will be looking for more great books from you.
5.0 out of 5 starsWould Jed find Lily among the Indians? We hoped!
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2017
What a great storyline! After reading the first two books in the series, I was so looking forward to this book. In the back of my mind, I always wondered about the young gal stolen by the Indians along the Oregon Trail. Where was she? Was she alive? Was she a "wife" or slave? And, now all the answers are in this book. Jed Todd, along with the cook and side-kick Smitty, decided to take one more wagon train from St. Louis to Oregon. Jed just couldn't give up his search for young Lily. This book has adventure, heartache, intrigue and some mystery. I've loved every moment spent along the Oregon Trail reading this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars“Trials and Tribulations....Fear and Terror”
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2017
Not having read the first two books of this series, I am pleased to find this book stands alone well. I may have to get the first two books anyway; the story may be even richer with more of the backstory. The historical information of life in a wagon going from one side of the country to another, the Oregon Trail, is just fascinating. The characterizations are well-done, with the treatment of Lily a main theme of the book. Having been kidnapped by Indians and forced to live and work for them for two years in brutally difficult conditions, Lily thought being rescued would bring her immense joy. But, the people on the wagon train Jed brought her back to, were distant, distrustful, and rude. Especially when they tried to kill her! A clean romance, lots of surprises, and an engrossing read!
This was the third book in the Oregon Trail Dreamin' series and it featured returning characters. As each of his brothers has had their turn at leading a wagon train to Oregon, and upon marriage has retired to become full-time ranchers/husbands/fathers, this was Jed's opportunity. His years of looking for Lily, who was captured by the Indians in Book 1, finally were successful. While Jed was ecstatic in finding Lily, not everyone in the wagon train was so pleased. Their reactions to Lily were as expected and this part of the story was well developed. There was, however, an added twist that, while reasonable, seemed to come late in the story. In my opinion this element could have been better constructed. Any foundation seemed thrown together and lacked sufficient resolution. It was good to see Smitty fulfilling his usual role and get to know Rex and Owen, leaving a door open in the event the author wishes to continue the series. It was a good book, but I just think the storyline could have been a bit better developed.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read and very satisfying to the romantic soul!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
This is the third in the Oregon Trail series by Kathleen Ball. I loved all three! It helps a bit if you read them in order, but Ball provides enough backtext info to enjoy them out of order. Jed is the youngest of the three Todd brothers who have made leading wagon trains west to the Oregon Territory a good business. Jed's two-year search for the young girl kidnapped by indians in the first of the three Oregon Trail novels provides alot of insight into human nature, the strength of individuals in the clutches of evil and the beauty of the human spirit. I highly recommend the whole series!
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2017
Eli, the youngest brother, is now leading the wagon train to Oregon since his two brothers are married. Two years ago a young girl, Lily, was taken by the Sioux during a raid. He has never given up hope of finding her and bringing her back. Over that time he has left word in many places about her and if anyone finds her to let him know. Now, two trappers have found and recovered her. Eli is elated and takes her to the wagon train. Only the other people on the train aren't as happy.
There are many unexplained things happening, there's danger, mystery, deaths, lots of injuries, and a very good , can't put down story. This set has been great!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book was the icing on the cake for me
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
This whole series is a time period journey. All of the characters, storyline developed nicely. The journeys this author takes you on, the twists, turns, mystery is awesome. Must read. Although you could read this in none order you would be doing yourself a disservice and missing all of the characters.
This is the third of the Oregon Trail books I have read and I was so disappointed. It seems that the author has one plot for all three books, only changing names- Each Todd married the heroine to protect her. The heroine was disliked/hated for some reason. Even those events that happen on the trail are the same- wheels stuck in the mud, emptying the wagons, thin oxen. I could go on. It is like reading the first book three times. There is no depth to the writing at all. Sorry, so disappointed.