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- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 21, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FRW7JKX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have raved before about this author's creation of wonderful characters before, and I will do it again. Lauren and Elias start out as people I would want to steer clear of: Lauren is bitter, brash, desperate and empty, and I must admit that if I faced her as she is in the opening pages I would be at a loss as to how to interact with her. Elias is a wanted criminal, and I did not share Lauren's sympathies or hope towards him. As they travel on the wagon train, however, they begin to change. As they experience freedom, dependable friends, and prairie air they are also introduced to God in a way they had not known possible. While the Gospel is never clearly presented and I have a few niggling issues with the way theology is used and almost manipulated for certain situations, the foundation is there and is what Lauren and Elias need most.
Of course, as Lauren and Elias spend so much time together and learn each other's personalities in new ways, they fall in love. The romance and respect displayed is admirable in a situation where those around them already believe them married. It understandably takes the entire journey to break down the walls and fears created by their past experiences and self-preservation; I appreciate that their romance is not sudden, and that they must work together to figure out how things are going to work. Furthermore, Elias respects Lauren's mother and her requirement that he wait to marry Lauren once they reach the end of their trail. This proves an uncommon maturity and loyalty, despite the fact that he lacked examples of anything positive in his childhood.
Diversity is also a major component of this story. For example, Lauren is the daughter of a mortician, which is not exactly the most common back story. Elias grew up in an asylum without his parents. Lauren's parents are separated, which is rare for the time. In the wagon train alone there are Mormon sister wives, an African American couple transporting former slave families to new lives, and a family wanting to breed and raise dogs for money. None of these things are common in historical romance stories, though they certainly are realistic. These characters are well written, too; although some are not as fleshed out as others, such is the nature of a story. The reader learns some about each situation, but not everything. The representation adds rich support to the story.
Is a wasted life worth saving? Can a dead man rise above his circumstances to be the man he was always meant to be?
This is a tender tale of unconditional love and redemption. Two misfits who find that they fit perfectly together as they travel to the western territories.
All the characters had their own distinct personalities that added to the overall feeling of the story. I recommend it.
What a dark beginning and what joyful end. Everything that God allows to come into our lives He will use for our good and His glory if we trust Him and allow Him to.