Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1842 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. But whom can she trust with her heart? For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter.
Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy water.
Alex escorts Samantha and her young brother, Micah, to Fort Vancouver. There Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections, but the only one who intrigues her-Alex-is the one she cannot have. When his betrothed arrives unexpectedly from England to escort him home, Samantha becomes determined to create a home for herself and Micah in the fertile valley far away from the fort.
But how will an unmarried woman support herself and her brother in the wilderness alone? Then Micah disappears into the wilderness one rainy night, and Samantha must rely on the man she loves-the man she’s trying desperately to forget-to rescue her brother before it’s too late.My Thoughts:
Samantha Waldron, her father and young brother Micah set out on a 2,000 mile journey along the Oregon Trail to the Williamette Valley and to get there before winter. Before leaving their mother passed away on the trail, Micah fell and was hurt pretty bad but he survived. One night a bear came into the camp and some of the men shot the bear but the bear kept coming towards Samantha's father.
Samantha shot the bear and killed the bear. Her dad suffered for weeks and finally died. Jack Doyle was on the wagon train with them and her dad had kinda hinted that she needed to marry him. She liked Jack but didn't love him. When her father was dying, Jack told Samantha that she & Micah needed to move on. Samantha said I'm not leaving my father.
After he died, Samantha was faced with Micah and no one but herself to care for him. By some unseen hand, food and a bear rug was left for them as they tried to get to Fort Vancouver. They came to the Columbia River and saw a canoe. Samantha told Micah to get in the canoe and that they would cross the river. The storm that was brewing fell full force on the Columbia River.
Wow! She has some kind of life, doesn't she? I am stopping there because she has so many adventures that you really need to read the book yourself to understand how all of this comes about.
About the Author:
Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside’s Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense).
Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.
Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific.
When Melanie isn’t writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.
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