Prairie Song, Hearts Seeking Home Series #1   -     By: Mona Hodgson
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Prairie Song, Hearts Seeking Home Series #1

Random House, Inc / 2013 / Paperback

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The end of the American Civil War reopened the floodgates for humanity headed west. Men and women hungered for land and business opportunities to help them rebuild their Civil war-torn lives and families. Prairie Song chronicles the beginning of the overland journey for the westbound Boones Lick Road Company, a wagon train setting out from Saint Charles, Missouri in the spring of 1866. The captain of the caravan, Garrett Cowlishaw, lived through the war, while Caroline Milburn agonized at home, fearing that her missing husband was not destined to return. Trail hand Caleb Reger carries a crushing secret from the battlefield to the road west and Anna Goben knew she could lose her brother to the war, but hadn't imagined the ruin the loss could bring to her household. Encounter these few among the families and individuals, many from the Saint Charles Quilting Circle, who have set out looking for their Promised Land. On a road marked with more suffering, will they learn that the promise remains alive in their hearts, no matter the circumstances?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0307731162
ISBN-13: 9780307731166
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hearts Seeking Home

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The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most. 
 
Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new. 
 
During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.
 
Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?

Author Bio

Mona Hodgson is the author of Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series and The Quilted Heart Novellas. Mona's writing credits also include nearly thirty children's books, including Real Girls of the Bible: A Devotional, Bedtime in the Southwest, and The Princess Twins and the Tea Party. One of Mona's favorite things to do, besides writing or eating dark chocolate, is to speak at women's retreats and conferences. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob.

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  1. Patsdream
    Huntsville, AL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Post Civil War, Wagon Train West, Romance, Faith
    April 10, 2014
    Patsdream
    Huntsville, AL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Anna steps into the church and asks for her groom to step outside. A few minutes later Boney tells the people that the wedding has been cancelled by mutual consent. Caleb Reger assumes the worst about Anna calling the wedding off minutes before the wedding. To make matters worse, Anna, her mother and grandfather will be leaving on the wagon train the next day. Of course, saying goodbye to all their friends, Anna and her friend are late joining the wagon train. Caleb is a trail hand and scout. Wouldn't you know it? He's the one that goes back to make sure they join the others.

    Caleb discovers Anna's secret, Annas grandfather thrives on the work and companionship of the train. Not so much her mother. Her mother's grief over the loss of her husband and son (Boney's best friend) is hard for her to let go of. The trail brings dust, wind, Indians, illness, wagon wheels being stuck, people learning to lean on one another, faith that gets them through the rough times as well as the day to day living.

    This story line takes up where The Quilted Heart leaves off. Part of the quilting circle leaves with the wagon train and others stay behind. I've read several books by Mona Hodgson and have enjoyed each one. This one is my favorite so far. I received this book from the author to read, review and leave an honest opinion. I loved the characters, there's not a lot of action but the storyline moves along and keeps you interested. Anna's faith helps her and romance finds Anna and some of the others on the wagon train. Join this group of characters and I don't think you will be disappointed. Even if you haven't read the novella on the Quilting Circle you can read this as a stand alone. Highly recommend this book.
  2. Shelske
    Ypsilanti MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Adventure
    January 26, 2014
    Shelske
    Ypsilanti MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is Mona at her best. The characters from the novella the Quilted Heart continues in this title as they start the trip to CA on a wagon train. She keeps you involved with the characters from the novella & adds some others who blend in to make this a great adventure to read. I can't wait for the next title in this series. She weaves a wonderful story.
  3. Barb
    Indianapolis. In.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful reading
    January 20, 2014
    Barb
    Indianapolis. In.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mona Hodgson puts so much emotion in her stories. You can feel her sense of adventure!! She portrays her characters so strongly that you feel like you're there with them, can see how they look and react to all those emotions!!! In Prairie Song, Anne & Caleb a so interesting! I can hardly wait for Book 2!!!!
  4. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Civil War has destroyed the Goben family's last hope, in the form of the death of Anna's brother, Dedrick. Leaving Missouri and her quilting circle will be hard; but as Anna's mother constantly grieves over her lost son, her drinking has gotten out of control, while Anna's grandfather has become a silent bag of bones. Anna's only hope in keeping the family together is to escort them to California, with the hope that the trip west will neither break them apart or kill them in the process.

    Bones Lick Company wagon train is just the solution Anna is looking for. Caleb Reger is in charge of the safety of the travelers, and he plans on keeping his head down and minding his own business. He is guarding secrets about his past, and he is running away from God's will for his life. Caleb and Anna want avoid each other studiously, but circumstances do not permit such luxuries. Will roaming across the prairie break their spirit? Or will God's mercy sustain them all through the trials they are sure to face?

    This novel was such a beautiful example of the human spirit and God's grace to all people throughout the ages. These people represent the indomitable spirit of immigrants everywhere, and the things they endured to make their dreams come true. The characters Hodgson portrays inspire you to believe that determination, constant prayer, and faith will see you through anything. A book well written, inspiring, and a recommend read for your fall must-read list.

    This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Mossy
    Louisville, KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Terribly boring!
    October 22, 2013
    Mossy
    Louisville, KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I like most books about wagon trains. Most of them are exciting or at least interesting. Prairie Song was neither. Hardly anything interesting ever happened! I could not believe how boring this book was. I will not read anything by this author ever again!!!!!!
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