First of all, her name is Elise Finster, not Kleinschmidt. Anyway, I really liked this book. For anyone who wishes they would have been born "back in the day" this is a fascinating read. Parts of pioneer life are skipped over for the sake of the story line, but you get the picture of what life was like traveling the wagon train. It has enough mystery to keep a reader's attention, and enough romance to stir your emotions. I'm glad I read it.