Heartbreak Trail: An Andrea Carter Book-Circle C Milestones, #2  -     By: Susan K. Marlow
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Kregel Publications / 2015 / Paperback

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Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers' ranch hands, but her mother has always held her youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities. With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can't deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When Andi announces that her "quinceanera" birthday wish is to join the upcoming cattle drive, her family is stunned. But after further discussion Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi's head is by letting her and her cousin Levi go along as helpers. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angeles?

Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquitos, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi's attention, it is definitely "not" a holiday. Andi grimly determines she will stick it out. When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a gunfight with suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, Mitch the trail boss finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It's time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market any way they can.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443687
ISBN-13: 9780825443688
Series: Circle C Milestones

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Susan K. Marlow Must Have!
    October 27, 2015
    ABrooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Heartbreak Trail by Susan K. Marlow takes place in 1880s California. Andrea Carter, her mother, and Andi's older siblings help run Circle C Ranch. In this new installment, 15-year old Andi gets permission from her mom to accompany her older brothers on a tough cattle drive. Andi quickly learns how tough and dangerous this adventure can actually be. Having to deal with a pesky cowhand, Andi is forced to rely on God and her brothers even more. Threaded throughout the novel is the sense of family and trust. As a parent, I just love this theme.

    My daughter's (12 years old) words: I feel as if I have grown up with Andrea Carter. She is my favorite character in each book. In Heartbreak Trail, I loved how exciting the story got once the cattle drive members crossed the river. After I finished each chapter I couldn't wait to start the next, and I really can't wait for the next book!
  2. TEXAS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons Learned the Hard Way!
    August 20, 2015
    tropix
    TEXAS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Susan Marlow's books never disappoint! "Heartbreak Trail" is another adventure that even the boys in your life will enjoy. Andrea Carter (Andi) knows her way around the family ranch as well as her brothers and the ranch hands that run it. So, why shouldn't she participate in the adventures of a two week cattle-drive like the guys? There's nothing she wants more!

    Andi learns the truth of the saying, "be careful what you wish for" within a few days of being on the trail. Long, sweltering days that begin while it's still nighttime, hordes of biting mosquitoes, and flooding rivers are only the beginning of the woes she will encounter. And who is the mysterious, handsome cowboy that has taken a liking to her? Surely he's not the rogue that everyone suspects him to be. Can Andi gut it out to the end? You'll have to read it to find out! There's not a dull moment along the way.

    Even though Mrs. Marlow's books are written for a younger audience, I always enjoy reading them and getting carried along into Andi's adventures. The writing is just that good!
  3. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An exceptional series for Young Adults who love horse and the Old West!
    August 13, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    No matter how hard Andrea Carter tries to fit in, she's like a square peg in a round hole. Growing up among her brothers on the Circle C Ranch, she wants to be just like her brothers, but at the same time struggles with what her mother, sisters and unfortunately most of her brothers want, which is for Andi to grow up and learn the things women are supposed to. To live a life in preparation for starting her own family and finding a suitable match. But no matter how hard she tries, she has a deep fondness for learning all about ranching and this time, she wants to be a part of the cattle drive.

    Luckily for her, with her 15th birthday just around the corner, she might have an edge to getting what she wishes. Her mother and older sisters want her to begin planning her quinceaneras, her mother poses the question what would she like to do, and that provides just the opening that she wanted in order to try and convince her mother to let her go. She has even backed up her case with newspaper articles about other women who have bypassed the traditional roles for women and taken part of becoming ranchers and even blazing their own cattle drives. Even her own mother at one time, did just that, but she wants a much different life for Andi than what she has now.

    Nevertheless, she gets her mother's approval to take this one final challenge and hopefully set all those ranching dreams to rest, once she understands and sees that being a part of a cattle drive is a far cry from what she is imagining it will be and her first lesson begins with the fact, she won't be riding, her own horse, but instead be offering to help the Cook with riding in the wagon and preparing all the meals along the way. That is just fine until she learns a certain handsome new cowboy is about to join the cattle drive and he has his eyes set on impressing Andi at all costs. Will this be a dream come true or simply a wake up call for Andi as she gets her birthday wish?

    I received Heartbreak Trail by Susan K. Marlow compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review aside from a free copy of the book and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is the second book in the Circle C Milestones series and once again chronicles the life of Andrea Carter as she is making the transition from childhood into adulthood by being a part of the Circle C Ranching operations. It's a coming of age story in a different manner than most because of the crossroads that Andi finds herself at. Still struggling with understanding her own wants and then realizing the bigger picture her choices play in what she wants to do, impact more than just herself. This is an exceptional series for young teens and I know it would have been one of my favorites growing up with a love of horses and a bit of the old west along the way. For this reason I'd give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
  4. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Time for another Andi Carter adventure!
    August 11, 2015
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heartbreak Trail

    An Andrea Carter Book

    Circle C Milestones 2

    By Susan K, Marlow

    Andi (Andrea) Carter is determined to take a part in this year's cattle drive. And with her 15th birthday fast approaching this may be her best chance to finally get her wish. But some wishes may be best left unfulfilled.

    Cattle drives are not all fun and adventure as Andi and her younger cousin Levi are about to discover after being assigned as Cook's helpers! Andi's dream has been to take part in driving the cattle or managing the horses not gathering wood and washing pans.

    Dust, biting mosquitoes, bed rolls on the hard ground, and a hard wagon seat what more could a girl want? But when a dangerous river crossing takes a wrong turn lives are in the balance and the drive is suddenly short-handed. Can Andi and Levi cover this shortage and help get the cattle to Los Angeles?

    Heartbreak Trail is just that as the hardships and the dangers of driving cattle to market are experienced through Andi's eyes. Fans of Andi will love her newest adventure as she learns some important lessons about life on the trail and about herself. Andi is about to grow up in ways she never expected.

    Tweens and teens will delight in this determined young woman. This book would be an excellent addition to any home or school library, and with school just around the corner this would be a great choice for any historical fiction book reports that may be coming up!

    I was provided a copy of this book through Kregel in exchange her my honest review.
  5. St. Louis, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book for young people!
    August 10, 2015
    Mazzou
    St. Louis, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It was through book reviewing for Kregel publications that I first discovered author Susan Marlow. Ever since reading my first book of hers I have been pleased by her wholesome books, not to mention her above-the-average writing skill. To me, Susan has an honorable view of literary and holds to a standard which most authors (yes I am including Christian novelists) don't keep in mind at all anymore. The books I have thus read by Susan Marlow remind me of the historical fiction books I practically devoured as a child and teen! It is good to see new books coming out that I can feel right about giving to my younger siblings to read!

    Heartbreak Trail is yet another book in the Andrea Carter series and it features a now growing up Andrea! At fifteen, the lively and tomboyish girl experiences many more adventures and learns from her own mistakes. Having just turned the age which made her close friend begin thinking of getting married and settling down, Andrea is determined to continue her adventurous ways and begs to be allowed to join her brothers and their workers on a special herding trip. While on the trip, Andrea stays true to her usual liveliness and outdoor skill but suddenly becomes attracted to a young hired worker. The reader can't help but wonder what will come of that!

    As always, the author of these books skillfully weaves an exciting tale while keeping good morals and a Christian foundation.

    Your children and teens are bound to love this book!

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thanks!
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