Sarah Marshall is the lead character in a story that has elements of faith, romance and twists and turns in the plot. Sarah has been raised in her uncle and aunt's home in Chicago, never feeling loved by the uncle. All Sarah knew was responsibility. Were it not for her loving relationship with her sickly aunt and helping at an orphanage, Sarah would have felt empty.
In the spur of the moment decision, her uncle decides they are all moving west to open a watch making shop where few other watchmakers set up business. During the time in a town to purchase their needs for travel with a wagon train, Sarah is again disappointed when her dreams of returning to Chicago are not able to become reality.
In the home of the Harper family, who runs a stage stop, Sarah glimpses what life must be like with a large loving family working together in harmony. Yet there is more to this family than meets the eye and Sarah is sad when their wagon train leaves the Harper's home. Now, even though all Sarah's hopes and plans haven't come together, she is about to be thrust into a situation that holds nothing but a bleak future in her eyes.
It was very enjoyable to read such a faith-filled story that points the way to live daily is by placing everything in God's hands. Whether walking in grief, not sure what decision to make or even learning to trust that God will make everything work for good is very foundational to the plot. Learning to let go of past mistakes in order to see what future God has planned for a couple of the characters is a reminder to the reader, though it certainly is not easy walking by faith and not by sight. In the story, sometimes in causing temporary pain in being truthful with ourselves or someone else, God brings such comfort to the characters whether speaking the truth or hearing it.
There is a sneak preview in the sequel at the end of trail in Whispers on the Prairie. I found myself losing track of time the more pages I was turning because I wanted to see how the story was going to end. I also enjoyed the truth that we need to have relationship with the Lord as well as how we can be an encourager to people.
Sarah Marshall is a city girl, she loves living in Chicago. So when her Uncle announces he is moving to Santa Fe, NM, she is beside herself. She has lived with her Aunt and Uncle, since her parents passed away. She loves her Aunt, who is not really well, but her Uncle despises her, and she has had a rough time growing up with him.
Her Uncle has made up his mind and their is no changing it. Sarah goes along, and is hoping once they meet up with her Uncle's brother she can return to Chicago. The trip is rough on her Aunt, and stumbling blocks keep popping up.
Ethan Harper has been carrying around a lot of guilt after his Sister-In-Law was killed in an accident, because she was in his care, he feel responsible. Just how do Ethan and Sarah meet, one could say in a mud puddle. Or rather Sarah ends up sitting in one.
Their paths keep crossing and more tragedy befalls Sarah and her family. Once they are rescued they end up staying with the Harper family. At first Sarah, can barely stand Ethan, but??? Will one of the four brothers win her heart? Will Sarah ever get to return to Chicago? With the Lords help all will find out where they need to be. Be ready for a wonderful journey back in the 1870's. Learn to live on the Prairie. I didn't want this story to end, but there is another book coming in the series...Yeah!!
I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough tells the saga of young, Sarah Marshall, who has no intention of ever leaving her home in Chicago. Raised by her uncle and aunt, she finds herself in a position of accompanying them for a short time on a wagon train with every intention to return to her beloved city.
Circumstances and obstacles arise causing Sarah to delay her plans. Instead she finds herself thrown into a situation of staying at the Harpers' Stage Stop with her aunt. Three eligible Harper men are eager to persuade her to find a reason to stay in Kansas.
Whispers on the Prairie is the first book in the Pioneer Promises series by Vickie McDonough. It is sure to please readers.
This book was provided free for review by the author and Whitaker House Publishers.
Whispers Across the Prairie by Vickie McDonough is an exciting and heartwarming historical romance with a great cast of realistic characters who will capture your interest from the first page. The twists and turns in the story will keep you turning pages and be sorry to see the book end. Those who enjoyed McDonough's other novels will find even more to savor in her latest story. Charming, inspiring, and delightful--Prairie romance at its best!
Whispers on the Prairie transported me to a time and place both dangerous and alluring--the prairie in the 1870s. The research and history in this novel is fascinating and woven in very naturally, the characters are multi-faceted, and the setting is vividly described. The plot will keep you turning the pages, but the writing will make you want to savor every word. A winner of a book.