Samantha Waldron has been on the move for many months. Initially, with her father and brother; leaving a comfortable home for the rigorous, unforgiving Oregon trail. After enduring endless hardships, tragic circumstances slow her progress and she settles with her brother at Fort Vancouver, only to discover that her broken heart must push her forward once again.
Lord Alexander Clarke is also anxious to keep moving; to leave the American wilderness and head back to England where his prosperous future and elegant fianc await him. But as the departure date draws nearer, he becomes less certain of those plans; especially after he rescues a lovely young woman and her brother from certain death, in the middle of a raging river.
Will the trail ever end for Samantha and Alex?
Melanie Dobson has woven rich history into a story of courage, determination and love. It is a fascinating read and inspires deep appreciation for those who settled the western frontiers of our beautiful country.
I am partial to books where the setting is the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Trail is always a fascination for me, and it was nice to read a well-researched book that took place during the time of great Westward expansion. It was also nice that this is a clean romance with Christian principles--always a plus.
I liked Samantha--nice, strong Pioneer woman. And her brother, Daniel, was the typical boy who often got himself into scrapes. Then you had Alex, the English gentleman who prefers the "Wild West." The characters were the typical stereotypical characters for this kind of romance, but at least they were well-developed. The author even threw a few surprises into the plot that made things interesting.
I appreciated the fact that there was no sex nor profanity. I could have done with a little more about God and Christianity. Yes, Christian principles were there, but sometimes I didn't see the characters' faith as well as I would have liked to. I also didn't see the romance budding between the characters in the same way I would like to, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book.
The Pacific Northwest landscape in the book was truly a joy for me to read about. To read about Fort Vancouver, the Willamette Valley, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River was truly a nice treat. When you live in the Pacific Northwest, it's nice to read about such familiar areas. There are enough books written about New York, California, and England, but very few about my neck of the woods!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
A story of a strong woman, who was willing to take stand up for what was right.
A bit slow to start, this book intrigued me with it's many well developed characters. I thought this book was especially interesting because it wasn't your typical Oregon Trail journey, it was about some of the wagon trains that actually blazed the trail instead of just following it!
Samantha, the main character, is very strong and I liked how she was willing to take a stand. And there were many other great characters like the Kneedlers. I thought that the characters acted very realistcally, and I could understand why there was probably more than a little conflict along the way!
This story was almost like three different stories interwoven into one, which I really liked because then I got to see more stories than just one. One of my favorites was Jack and Aliyah's :)
Overall, I found this book very enjoyable, and the more I think back on it the more things I find to appreciate. I really liked how this book was more than a romance, it was about the struggle, the journey, the challenge, and the hardship of leaving everything they'd ever known, of some very courageous people who blazed the trail west. The characters were well written, and I came to really like Samantha and Alex, as well as many others like Micah, Samantha's brother. This is a book I would happily recommend :)
I received this book through Litfuse from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Melanie Dobson's latest offering, Where the Trail Ends, is part of the new Tapestries of America series from Summerside Press. When Samantha's family sets out for Oregon, they are confident that they are traveling to a better life. Along the way, they face many obstacles and Samantha and her brother must finish their journey alone. Samantha is determined to make a good life for them and must rely on the new friends she meets at Fort Vancouver to help them.
I had high hopes for this book, but it fell a little short for me. While it was marketed as a romance, I found it to be more ... "romance light." The story was more of a combination adventure / coming-of-age story. The book started out fairly slow, but about halfway through it picked up and I got really into it. Dobson does a great job of giving readers a great picture of life on the Oregon Trail. What a hard journey! As a fan of Melanie Dobson's previous books, this wasn't my favorite, but I'll definitely read whatever she writes in the future. [3 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Summerside Press and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.