Detour Trail - Joy V. Smith

4 Stars!

Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorena Emerson is alone after her uncle is killed by a thief trying to steal his money belt.  Ignoring the wagon master's advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and steep mountain passes.  It's a long way to Oregon, and because another woman needs her help, Lorrie again goes her own way, leaving the wagon train and the Oregon Trail to travel onward--off the beaten path--with her small group of wagons.  She's helped by members of her wagon train, people she meets along the way, and the mule, Jake, an integral part of the story.  You'll meet them as they join in her travels and encounters with enemies she also meets as she searches for a new home and supplies as winter reaches out its icy hands....  Settling the frontier isn't easy!

Joy V. Smith, a Wisconsin native and graduate of Oshkosh State U, writes fiction and non-fiction. Her fiction has appeared in various publications and anthologies, including Science Fiction Consortium and Magistria: The Realm of the Sorcerer. Her fiction books include Strike Three (a post-apocalyptic novel), Detour Trail (a western adventure), Sugar Time (a time travel tale collection), and The Doorway and Other Stories (14 SF/fantasy reprints); and her SF has also been published in two audiobooks, including Sugar Time. Her e-books include Strike Three, Detour Trail, Hidebound (SF), Sugar Time, Pretty Pink Planet, Hot Yellow Planet, The Doorway and Other Stories, and Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure. Her non-fiction includes interviews and her house books: Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook and Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure. She lives in Florida with Blizzard the Snow Princess and Bryn the Flying Corgi.

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I love books based on the Oregon Trail and the movement west. I have read so many I didn't think I would find a fresh new one to read. I was very excited when Joy asked me if I would like to review her book!

This book is certainly filled with a lot of adventure and drama. And I love that the main character, Lorrie, is one gutsy chick! She is definitely someone I would want to have with me if I was traveling anywhere!

This story gives us an honest view of what life might have bee like for those travelers. Everything wasn't all daisies. They were some hard times and this book does tell of all that!

There were excellent descriptions of everything! But I did feel like the character development was slightly lacking. And this is listed as a YA and it didn't read as a YA to me - but I didn't care about that - it didn't effect my rating.

This was a good, enjoyable, adventurous Historical fiction!

Thank you Joy V. Smith for sending a copy of your book for my honest review!

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