Aug 2, 2012

Westward Hearts by Melody Carlson

Bestselling author Melody Carlson begins an inspiring new series of adventure and romance on the Oregon Trail.

Kentucky, 1854—Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband’s death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared—to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.

After converting three of their best wagons to prairie schooners and thoroughly outfitting them, the little party travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group’s handsome guide, Eli Kincade.

The long journey and deepening relationships challenge the travelers to their core, and Eli’s mysterious past leaves Elizabeth with more questions than answers. She knows there’s no turning back, but she wonders, What have I gotten myself into?

About This Series: The Homeward on the Oregon Trail series brings to life the challenges a young widow faces as she journeys west, settles her family in the Pacific Northwest, and helps create a new community among strong-willed and diverse pioneers.

Melody Carlson has written 200 books for teens, women, and children (more than five million copies sold). She’s won several awards from the Romance Writers of America, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Christian Retailing magazine, and other national organizations. Melody and her husband have two grown sons and make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

Title: Westward Hearts
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: September 01, 2012
ISBN: 9780736948715

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love historical fiction novels, especially ones that are based in the pioneer days. Westward Hearts is the first novel in a great new series by Melody Carlson, and I was excited for the chance to read the first book titled Westward Hearts.

Elizabeth is determined to make a better life for her children and the journey to their new home is filled with danger, personal sacrifice and an incredible amount of courage. The last thing Elizabeth expected to find was romance, yet the mysterious man called Eli caught her attention from the start.

Sometimes a novel is so realistic that you feel like you are along for the ride. Westward Hearts was such a book for me. I felt like I made some new best friends, we had some exciting and sometimes terrifying experiences in the wild west, and I was actually sad to reach the end of the book. I want to read more about this inspiring woman and her family.  It's a good thing this is a series, and I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.

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