The last in the Westward Hearts Series and just as exciting as the first two. Author Tracey Bateman is truly a great christian fiction writer who holds a reader interest from page one to the last page.
Some people have all the luck. Some people have all the pain. Isn't that how the song goes? Some people just flat out have everything stacked against them from day one and it seems that nothing will ever change. That is the way life has been for Ginger. She grew up without a mom. She has a dad, but his only use for her is to use her to help in him in his schemes and robberies with his outlaw band. Her driving emotion is anger and revenge after seeing her brother die. Ginger thinks that her life has been a random set of circumstances which have brought her to the wagon train, but now she is having her doubts as she begins to hear God whisper in her hear.Will she listen to God and turn from the life that she has known and been comfortable with or will she embrace the tugging from God and the love that the people from this wagon train have shown her? Most of all will she be willing to see past her anger to see the true heart of the man Grant is and wants to be to her?
This book has a great mix of adventure, romance, danger and life in a wagon-train! Having very little female influence in her life growing up, Ginger Freeman is now a little rough around the edges, but it makes her very lovable and refreshing. Raised within a band of outlaws, her original intent when joining the wagon-train was to kill Grant, the man she believes had a hand in the death of her older brother. She finds that Grant is a skilled doctor with a willingness to help others, and a faith that runs deep. Now she is faced with a choice - go through with her plan, or return to the outlaws without having avenged her brother's death. As a reader, I got to see the slow transformation of Ginger as her faith grew. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put the book down. It was a very enjoyable read, and I'd like to feel that I learned a few things about prairie life and the west.Characters: Tracey's book was filled with fascinating characters. In all they were very well-developed and it was great to see some of the characters have a change of heart and gain in faith. Story-Line: It was a faith-filled (but not preachy) book, teaching forgiveness and instilling hope in both the characters and the reader. Taking place in the 1850's, a wagon-train headed for Oregon runs into a band of outlaws and has to face the odds when Cholera runs through the community. If that isn't enough to encourage a person to find faith, add in three scheming outlaws (at least), a wealthy man heading west to start a new life with his two kids, a doctor who lost his wife during a raid by those same outlaws, and a girl who was raised by outlaws, who is now surrounded by open, honest, faith-filled friends. It was very entertaining and enjoyable.Readability: I found the book easy to read. The authors style and pace were both good.