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Leaving Independence, by Leanne W. Smith
Abigail Baldwyn thought she was a widow until she receives a letter claiming her husband Robert was not killed in the Civil War after all. She travels to Independence, Missouri and joins a westbound wagon train on the Oregon Trail to find him. Hoke Mathew’s is a former cavalry scout leading the company when he gets a glimpse of Abigail who is so elegant compared to the rest of the wagon community. Their bond grows as the encounter snakebites, Indian raids, fevers and dangerous grudges. Are her marriage vows now at stake?
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
Abigail Baldwyn might not be a widow after all.…
Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn’t dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.
Leading a company along the Oregon Trail isn’t part of Hoke Mathews’s plans. But then the former cavalry scout gets a glimpse of Abigail—so elegant compared to the rest of their hardscrabble wagon community, yet spirited and resilient. Through every peril they encounter—snakebites, Indian raids, fevers, dangerous grudges—his bond with Abigail grows.
Abigail knew this journey would test her courage. Now it’s testing her marriage vows and her heart, daring her to claim a future on her own terms in a land rich with promise.