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?
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, Annas commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fearor 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 Gods 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 Gods grace and the promise of a new home?
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.