Monday, August 13, 2012

Melody Carlson's Westward Hearts ~ Reviewed


Westward Hearts, Homeward on the Oregon Trail Series #1
By: Melody A. Carlson
Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736948716

Kentucky, 1854-Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared-to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.
Westward Hearts revolves around a young widow and mother of two, Elizabeth Martin.  Since her husband has died, she has felt a restlessness that won’t go away.  Her and husband and her had a desire to follow the Oregon Trail and head west, and even though he has since passed, that dream is still alive in her.  When her brother’s engagement is ended suddenly, he decides to leave and head west.  This presents the perfect opportunity for Elizabeth, her two children, and her parents to travel with him.  As the journey begins, they gain new friends and overcome many obstacles.  Elizabeth unexpectedly finds herself attracted to the scout on the wagon train, and is unsure what to do about her feelings.  In the meantime, her brother finds romance as well. 
I really, really like this book.  The time period and the storyline are right up my alley.  I enjoy reading about the travels and hardships these people had to face and the fact that they kept their focus on the Lord to see them through.  The story ended a bit abruptly, so I am very anxious for the next book in the series to come out to find out what happens next!
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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