Monday, November 4, 2013

A Home At Trail's End

Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Harvest House
July 2013
ISBN: 078-0-7369-4875-3
Genre: Historical/western/women’s fiction

Bestselling author Melody Carlson (more than 5 million books sold) continues her Homeward on the Oregon Trail series with this third and final adventure.

Elizabeth Martin and her two children have finally reached the Oregon Country. But Eli Kincade, the wagon train scout who captured her heart, has chosen to continue life on the trail. As other pioneer families begin building new homes, Elizabeth has never felt more alone.

However, when Eli unexpectedly returns, confesses his love, and proposes, Elizabeth accepts with her family's blessing.

A community begins to take shape, but not without growing pains. As an alternative to the local minister's fiery sermons, Elizabeth's father begins to preach at home, raising the ire of some. Racial biases arise against Brady, Elizabeth's African-American hired hand. Eli's warm sentiments toward Indians also raises concerns.

Can Elizabeth and her family overcome these differences and begin a legacy of reconciliation and love?

About This Series: The Homeward on the Oregon Trail series brings to life the challenges a young widow faces as she journeys west, settles her family in the Pacific Northwest, and helps create a new community among strong-willed and diverse pioneers. A HOME AT TRAIL’S END is the third book in the series – readers will want to read Westward Hearts and A Dream for Tomorrow first as they do not stand alone.

A HOME AT TRAIL’S END, as the others in the series, was rather slow. It did wrap up the series nicely, showing them settling into their new home, but not without a few hardships of a different type. There reader is kept distance, as the story is told and not shown.  Still, for fans of historical western romances, this is a good conclusion to a good series. $13.99. 336 pages. 3 stars. 

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