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Venture back to the old west with The Trail To Love and fall in love, just like Sarah did. Most of the story takes place during a wagon train to Oregon and poor Sarah is determined to be independent on her way to marry a man she’s never met. Her son, Tommy, is cute as a bug and mostly written in an age appropriate manner. He’s only four, but in those days kids were expected to carry more responsibility than they do now, so some of his behavior may have felt a little older than I’m used to, but didn’t feel out of place in the time.
Jack is a great hero. Devastated by the loss of a wife he loved deeply, and imprisoned by the promise he made to her, he struggles to keep his feelings for Sarah from growing. Thankfully, this is a romance novel, and he fails. Sarah is promised to another mail as a mail order bride, so also needs to deny what she feels. They’re a cute couple and the addition of Tommy made their growing relationship fun, sweet and believable. There is also a wonderful cast of secondary characters as well. Lucky Sarah had a couple great female friends. Mary, from her home town, who helped her figure out what to do when Sarah’s husband died. And Greta who was part of the wagon train and supported, mentored and just cared about Sarah on the trip. I really, really liked Greta.
The author did a good job with the setting, and the descriptions were thorough, but I have to admit that I was so wrapped up in the characters themselves I didn’t really care about where they were. It’s true that the situation couldn’t have happened in another time, but really the story was very much character-centric and, for me anyway, that’s a good thing. I love it when I’m so crazy about the characters I’d read about them doing just about anything.
Only two little things niggled for me. Horace was so evil. All stories should have a good villain, but he was almost a caricature and had literally nothing good. It made me wonder why they even hired him as a guide if his predilections toward women were so well known. His behavior was a bit over the top and didn’t feel as believable as I would have liked. Also, the way she was able to resolve her conundrum with the man in Oregon felt a little too easy, but I have a feeling the tree might have helped a bit with that. *G*
I keep calling this book “sweet”, but know that doesn’t extend to the love scenes. They aren’t numerous, but they are hot and descriptive. Sarah had an abusive marriage so had never been honestly “made love” to before. Jack is definitely up to the job and shows her what real lovemaking is all about.
All in all, a satisfying romance. The Soul Mate Tree is an interesting idea, and I’m enjoying reading how each author incorporates it into their stories and makes it work for them. A great idea and thus far handled in really awesome ways!
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Jack is a man still grieving for his beautiful young wife, who died in childbirth four years before the story begins. Avoiding any entanglements that finding new love might bring, Jack becomes a member of wagon train team, guiding optimistic folks in covered wagons taking the Oregon trail to new lives. He deeply misses his wife and child and vows to never fall in love again or get a woman with child, thus putting her life in danger during childbirth.
Sarah is an attractive woman married to a wicked man who abuses her and their son and is despised by her mother-in-law. When she becomes a widow, she takes the opportunity to escape her in-laws cruelty leaving with her son, Tommy. She takes on the challenges of crossing the country in her well-stocked wagon pulled by two cantankerous oxen, trying to conquer the mysteries of campfire cooking and protecting her son all by herself. She is on her way as a mail-order bride to meet and marry a man she has never met. Being strong and independent, she attempts to rebuff Jack's offers of assistance, However, she does not find that any easier than controlling her stubborn oxen, especially when Tommy obviously loves "Mister Bard's" attention.
Stinky, vile and creepy Horace bothers Sarah every step along the trail, determined to win her as "his woman." Susedik brings to life awful smelling Horace and his horrible attempts at getting Sarah away from her son and from Jack in a way makes the reader's skin crawl with disgust every time he appears at Sarah's wagon.
I thoroughly enjoyed THE TRAIL TO LOVE. I became so engrossed in the story, I almost let my supper burn away on the stove. The story and the wonderful description of life on the trail completely captured my attention. So, pick up this book, but beware. Put it down when you begin cooking to avoid any Sarah-type cooking mishaps due to being so into the story, you forget to check on your food.00
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