Award winning author Dorothy Clark values our American heritage and believes in love and happy endings. You'll find all those things in her books. Dorothy enjoys hearing from her readers and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at her website www.dorothyjclark.com
This is a historical romance that has you feeling you are on the Oregon Trail with them. Still the most fascinating part is that the author creates a romance that is believable because it grows over time and through various shared events. It is very romantic with many tender moments that are very descriptive without mentioning sex. Most importantly it includes the element of faith without being preachy but showing how knowledge of God's Word helps guide someone's life choices and daily decisions. I highly recommend this book and author.
I enjoyed this story very much. There is a nice romance depicted, even some gentle sparks here and there.
I disagree with the other review that claims Emma's clothes, etc. are far-fetched. She was substituted at the last minute because her brother and his wife couldn't go and her injured sister refused to stay behind. She went out of duty to her sister and didn't have time to pack or prepare. They story explains this. Maybe the reviewer in question skimmed over that part. In any case, that was her character. That was Emma, like her or not.
Be advised it is Christian fiction with scripture quotes thrown in throughout. Not passing judgment either way, just passing on information, since novels aren't rated like movies. (Although I wish they were. I've gotten a few that bordered on erotica. GAK!)
For all you FTC types, I bought this book with my hard-earned, so there.
PRAIRIE COURTSHIP plays out on the Oregon trail. Emma, a privately trained physician, is unwillingly bound for Oregon Country in lieu of her brother and his wife, who were kept from making the trip due to the wife's troubled pregnancy. With Emma travels her adopted sister Anne, who's sunk in grief over the loss of her husband and child in an accident.
Like the other pioneering women physicians, Emma doesn't have an easy time despite her skills and qualifications. The wagon train's women accept her, for when they or their youngsters get in a pickle, they have little choice. The men are another story - particularly the wagon master, Zach Thatcher (say that three times, fast!) He's particularly snotty at first, but the combination of Emma's insistence on the welfare of the travelers and her beauty and grace gradually temper his rough treatment. The trail over prairie and mountain, fording rivers and avoiding hostile tribes, is smoother than the trail to True Love for this pair.
I read Ms. Clark's HOSEA'S BRIDE some time back and became an instant fan. Her writing style is fluid, flowing and masterful. Though her wagon train pioneers must go through some dicey times on the trail, Ms. Clark skirts over the rougher parts and shows only the aftermath. Anne, the heroine's sister, drifts through the story without impact, hiding in her wagon and drowning in grief. I'd like to have seen Anne's character interact at times with others, but of course, this was not her story. Zach's realization that he's in love with the outspoken Dr. Emma also comes rather abruptly, seeming a bit rushed.
I rarely buy prairie romances (not my time period of choice) but since Ms. Clark is an auto-buy for me, and was a very enjoyable read.
A heart warming story! Highly recommend this to your collection. The description of the trail and the lives of those involved was so real you can actually see the journey in your mind along with them. The love story is tender and sweet and beautifully put together.
What a great story. I enjoyed "meeting" the different families on the wagon train, even the "difficult" people, the people who gave Emma a hard time because they thought she wasn't a real doctor just because she was female. And Emma and Zach were both stubborn and determined to do what each thought was best. Haha...a perfect match. There were several "awwww" moments in the story, though there was one character that I wondered what eventually happened to her. If you've read the book, you know who I mean. If you haven't read it and then start, it won't take you long to figure out who it is. I don't want to give anything away. However, this is a sweet love story with an important lesson. :)
I am proud to say that this book is my first read on my new Kindle.
I found the main character, Emma, believable in that many of us question our calling when we are faced with multiply challenges. I especially liked the spiritual message that intertwined with the story. The main character is not just a woman faced with challenges but she has a specific purpose in her life that many will benefit from, if they just believe.
Zach is a man that appears to have a hard shell but inside, he is a good man. I like that he talks to God.
It was a bit unclear the events that Anne, Emma's sister, had endured in the beginning of the story and, I have to admit that there are some sentence errors but this book was awesome. The errors and the story evolved rapidly and I found myself lost in a story that made me laugh and touched my heart. In short, it is the content that beats the grammar.
If you like romance that has more meaning and a historical twist; this is the book for you. Prairie Courtship it is a clean enough for a Christian teacher to enjoy without having to repent on Sunday.