Published by Lyrical Press on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, American West
Love can lead you out of the wilderness…
1851, Overland Trail to California. As a baby, Callie was left on the doorstep of an isolated farmhouse in Tennessee. The Whitaker family took her in, but have always considered her more a servant than a daughter. Scorned by her two stepsisters, Callie is forced to work long hours and denied an education. But a new world opens to her when the Whitakers join a wagon train to California—guided by rugged Indian, Luke McGraw…
A loner, haunted by a painful past, Luke plans to return to the wilderness once his work is done. But he can’t help noticing how poorly Callie is treated—or how unaware she is of her beauty and intelligence. As the two become closer over the long trek west, Callie’s confidence grows. And when disaster strikes, Callie emerges as the strong one—and the woman Luke may find the courage to love at last…
I am so lucky to have found a new author to love, and one that writes western historicals–it just doesn’t get any better than that. I just adored this book, and it was very slow building, which was alright, since there was quite a bit of development of plot and characters. After you read this one, you start to develop a love for both Callie and Luke. They are both headstrong and passionate, and have such strong personalities but together they make one hell of a team. I loved seeing both sides, and seeing how well they were together. There is little heat to the story, except for some kissing, but in all honesty…that was totally alright for me. I was in the mood for something more light and more focus on the “falling in love” part. You see how this author’s focus is developing a strong plot line, and I admire that. It was quite a adventure reading this, and I loved the voice of the author and the way she weaves this story together. It was no hardship getting into this story, and probably from the first few paragraphs I was hooked onto it. A story of heartwarming characters, exciting scenes, a moving story that will bring a tear to your eyes, but by the end, you will be left with a smile on your face and wanting more. I hope that this author has more in store for us.