Monday, October 8, 2012

Where the Trail Ends~{Book Review}

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Where the Trail Ends~Melanie Dobson

About 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

Where the Trail ends is a story that will make you think how fortunate we are to live in the time we do. We have all the modern conveniences that we could ever want, nice homes, food that is plentiful and always available, cars to get where we need and want to go.

Imagine living in the 1800’s and heading west to a new life. The hardships that these determined but weary travelers experience. There was so much they had to deal with the difficulties of travel in covered wagons, illness, death and the unknown.

Melanie Dobson brings history to life in Where the Trail Ends. We meet Samantha Waldron and her brother little brother Micah. Samantha shows what she is made of on this long and difficult journey. 

Samantha meets Lord Alexander Clarke who comes to her rescue more than once and helps her and Micah when their canoe capsizes while they are crossing the Columbia river.  This is a very moving book filled with history of the time and some very anxious moments for Samantha and Micah.

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Meet Melanie
MDobson-73Melanie 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.

Find out more about Melanie at http://www.melaniedobson.com

 

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One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson
  • Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson
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disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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