Westward Hearts

Westward Hearts

Paperback - 2012
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Kentucky, 1854. Elizabeth 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. At Kansas City, they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group's handsome guide, Eli Kincade.
Published: Eugene, Or. : Harvest House Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9780736948715
0736948716
Branch Call Number: F CAR
Characteristics: 340 p. :,map ;,22 cm.

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GinaFin
Mar 11, 2020

Clean story for any age group.
I had some issues with this book though. Since when were farmers so well off back then to be flush with money for a fancy ferry boat trip with their wagons, livestock for a length of time? I kept shaking my head about their living like money was no issue. They had food on ice for weeks??? yeah, not. This was 1857.
I'm reading the second book of this series just to see if it's better than the first one. Just a lot of this book seemed to raise questions as to the reality of what the experience was really like. Too much about cooking, picking berries, straying away from the wagon train and then the Indian encounter seemed way too unlikely to end like that. Just questionable on so many levels.

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AnLouCo
Mar 02, 2016

This is the first book in the series. Melody Carlson drew me into this story about Elizabeth Martin's life as she bravely joins a substantial wagon train with her two children, parents, brother and devoted farmhand traveling to Oregon country. She travels over plains and mountain and faces many dangers and trials until she is halfway to Oregon and then the book ends. I immediately wanted to read book 2 in the series to continue following Elizabeth's travels in her covered wagon. Melody Carlson has again written an engrossing book!

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