ABOUT THE BOOK -IN THIS EPIC TALE of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change—until the charming Samuel Todd unexpectedly crosses her path. Samuel yearns to homestead and start a family in Oregon, but he first needs to find a wife. Blinded by Samuel’s good looks, and grasping at her final chance to have a husband and children, Emily accepts his marriage proposal. However, Samuel is not the man she thought he was, and her marriage becomes a cold, cruel prison, offering her no solace amidst the hardships of farm life. When Samuel dies and a second chance at love and happiness arrives in the form of farmhand Cole Walker, Emily must overcome her bitter past—or risk losing Cole and the life she has always dreamed of having.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Vicki Righettini is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright, and her recently-published historical novel, The Blue Hour, was a badge winner and Pitch Perfect Pick at Underground Books. Originally from Los Angeles, Vicki lived in Oregon for over twenty years, where she developed an abiding love of the land and the Oregon way of life. Before turning to full-time writing, she worked for forty years as a singer/actress and performing arts instructor.
Vicki lives in San Diego with her software-developer, Jeopardy!-champion husband, and the world's shyest cat.
Visit her blog - (http://www.vickirighettini.com).
MY THOUGHTS -
Absolutely Fantastic! This will be one of my favorite "Oregon Trail" books to date (and I have read a LOT).
Ahhhhhh that's how I always feel when I finally return to a historical fiction book, especially one set in the 1800's. It's my "go to" genre, it makes me feel like I'm home. I particularly love reading about the Oregon Trail I have read several books on the subject and enjoy it every time, it never gets old for me. This is definitely one of the best I have read.
Wow, I loved Emily and Samuel. I was totally caught up and lost in their little world.
Or, at least I thought I loved Samuel. Until his true colors started showing through. Oh my gosh what a horrible person he turned out to be! I know I would not have been as strong as Emily was, to endure everything that she went through.
"Emily had to admit the idea was absurd. Walk across the country? Take only what you could fit into a ten by eleven foot wagon, then throw out half of that along the way? Eat nothing but beans and fried dough for six straight months? Vina was right, no same person would do such a thing. Yet she'd done all these things and more."
This story was sad and shocking (graphically at times) but that's what made it feel so real. But... it was more than that. It was about survival, strength, and choosing life! It was about how Emily became her own hero, saving herself - she never gave up even when she desperately wanted to at times.
This was an excellently written, exciting account about one woman's journey across the country and through life to a better place.
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from "Virtual Author Book Tours" - Thank You!
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