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Interesting tale of wagon trails and blossoming love. But, authors, please please please edit your work! So many editing mistakes such as unclosed quotation marks, a multitude of simple spelling errors (eg peak instead of peek) characters names changing back and forth (Ida Mae/Ida Bell), spelling of character's names (Chrystal/Crystal) etc. Maddening to readers, and shows little respect for them or your own work.
If Elias and Lauren had a tagline, it would probably be "desperate times call for desperate measures." Each has survived extreme difficulties and unusual family situations since childhood, but they have only barely survived. At the start of the book, they are frayed and hollow. Their plot to join a wagon train heading west is a desperate attempt on Lauren's part to make a better life for herself and reconnect with her mother and sister, and on Elias's part his way of repaying a debt he owes Lauren.
I have raved before about this author's creation of wonderful characters before, and I will do it again. Lauren and Elias start out as people I would want to steer clear of: Lauren is bitter, brash, desperate and empty, and I must admit that if I faced her as she is in the opening pages I would be at a loss as to how to interact with her. Elias is a wanted criminal, and I did not share Lauren's sympathies or hope towards him. As they travel on the wagon train, however, they begin to change. As they experience freedom, dependable friends, and prairie air they are also introduced to God in a way they had not known possible. While the Gospel is never clearly presented and I have a few niggling issues with the way theology is used and almost manipulated for certain situations, the foundation is there and is what Lauren and Elias need most.
Of course, as Lauren and Elias spend so much time together and learn each other's personalities in new ways, they fall in love. The romance and respect displayed is admirable in a situation where those around them already believe them married. It understandably takes the entire journey to break down the walls and fears created by their past experiences and self-preservation; I appreciate that their romance is not sudden, and that they must work together to figure out how things are going to work. Furthermore, Elias respects Lauren's mother and her requirement that he wait to marry Lauren once they reach the end of their trail. This proves an uncommon maturity and loyalty, despite the fact that he lacked examples of anything positive in his childhood.
Diversity is also a major component of this story. For example, Lauren is the daughter of a mortician, which is not exactly the most common back story. Elias grew up in an asylum without his parents. Lauren's parents are separated, which is rare for the time. In the wagon train alone there are Mormon sister wives, an African American couple transporting former slave families to new lives, and a family wanting to breed and raise dogs for money. None of these things are common in historical romance stories, though they certainly are realistic. These characters are well written, too; although some are not as fleshed out as others, such is the nature of a story. The reader learns some about each situation, but not everything. The representation adds rich support to the story.
I usually don’t write reviews but this series was so thought provoking and the stories so different from the usual wagon train and historical romance. The people were so complex and their backgrounds so different. I read all 3 of the books in this series and I was drawn in by each one. If you want to read books about hardships and unbelievable backgrounds of each person that eventually turns into true love. I loved each book. I can’t pick a favorite. They are first I’ve read by this author and I will definitely seek out more of her books.
I love the premise of Elias and Lauren’s story. An outlaw waking up in the morgue and the woman mortician who saves him. Is a wasted life worth saving? Can a dead man rise above his circumstances to be the man he was always meant to be?
This is a tender tale of unconditional love and redemption. Two misfits who find that they fit perfectly together as they travel to the western territories.
All the characters had their own distinct personalities that added to the overall feeling of the story. I recommend it.
After a strange and unique beginning to the story, there follows a wagon train romance. Two people with emotional problems from a troubled childhood find understanding and romance. I liked the story, I doubt there has ever been one like this! Although the story and characters were well written, there were a lot of errors that needed editing. I have read the other 2 books in this series, and there were very errors in them.
What a story, I was caught up in it immediately. What a dark beginning and what joyful end. Everything that God allows to come into our lives He will use for our good and His glory if we trust Him and allow Him to.
I don’t usually write reviews. This is a wonderful warm Christian romance without overwhelming you with preaching. I just speaks of loving and acceptance of others right where they are at. This is one I will keep in my library to read over again and I don’t do that very often
I had some diappointing reads by big authors and big publishing houses, and I wanted to try someone totally new. I even got this for free. And wow, it hooked me from the very beginning! Awesome plot, great chemistry of the hero and heroine. I can overlook a few errors in favor of a emotionally gripping tale and romance. loved this book! I couldn't put it down! I'll be glad to buy more by this author.
Lauren gets a surprise when one of the men on her ice slab turns out not to be dead Eiasis agreed to take Lauren on the wagon train to Denver city. You get some information on how the wagon train worked Lauren and Elias fall in love and face some obstacles ends with a hea
I had to find out...what happens when a young female mortician finds a dead body is really alive and he begs her to help him stay dead. The story is fresh and original with characters you will connect with and root for as they face many trials. It's a tale of love and redemption with lots of page turning excitement, which kept me up late at night wanting to know how they would overcome their latest obstacle.
I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's books.