Oregon Trail Dreamin'
A Sweet Historical Western Romance
We've Only Just Begun
A stubborn young woman. A rugged wagon master. Will the trail into the Western territory tame their wild hearts?
Susan Farr would travel any distance for a chance at a new beginning. After losing her parents and her home in a tragic twist of fate, she’s determined to hitch a ride on the next wagon train to the Oregon coast—even if it means marrying her way in. But when she’s swept off her feet by the handsome wagon master, her marriage of convenience to someone else turns into a conundrum of the heart.
Mike Todd keeps his passengers on a tight reign. In his role as wagon master, he’s fended off too many native raiders and kidnappers to allow pretty young maidens to travel alone. But when his code of conduct saddles the alluring Susan to a deadbeat drunk, his own budding feelings may just inspire a change of course…
In the uncharted expanses of the American West, can Susan and Mike find their way to a romantic new beginning or will their love get lost in the wild?
We’ve Only Just Begun is the first sweet romance in the Oregon Trail Dreamin’ Historical Western series. If you like heartwarming love stories, accurate details, and death-defying twists and turns, then you’ll love Kathleen Ball’s action-packed tale of life on the trail.
A Lifetime to Share
When life has shown you death, can you bring yourself to love again?
Eli Todd is a tall, handsome Captain of a wagon train bound for Oregon. Life has taught him if he allows people into his heart, he ends up losing them.
Amelia Cruthers is a pretty young woman with a limp. She’s a hard worker who starts out the trip to Oregon with her parents until they try to leave her behind. In shock, she watches them cross a river by ferry without her.
Thankfully the kind, strong Eli Todd takes her with him. Admiring her spunk and work ethic he gives her a job cooking for the crew. After a fall from his horse, Amelia tends him and he realizes she is sweetness on earth.
Her parents demand he marry Amelia since she spent time alone with him, nursing him. Eli figures why not? He won’t be home most of the year anyway and Amelia could have a safe place to live on his ranch. What could possibly go wrong?
Amelia never thought to be married. She’d been told her hip was too hideous for a man to look upon and that she couldn’t have children. Knowing that she could never be a real wife, the love she begins to feel for Eli frightens her.
The distance they try to place between them doesn’t work leaving them both hurt with longings that could never be fulfilled. But there are secrets and when they realize they’d been lied to; do they take the leap at a lifetime to share?
A Love Worth Searching For
Lily Lewis was captured by the Sioux two long years ago and all hope of her rescue had faded. Suddenly she finds herself traded to two old trappers and is terrified as to what life will bring her next.
Jed Todd has been looking for Lily since the day she was abducted along the Oregon Trail. This time he is the wagon master. Word comes that his trapper friends have found and bought Lily for him. He rides fast and fierce to get to her and is relieved to find her in one piece.
The way he felt about her before she’d been stolen wasn’t a figment of his imagination. From the moment he saw her again he knew his love was real.
Lily isn’t well received by the others on the wagon train and realizes that having a relationship with Jed would only hinder him in life. He’d never be accepted in polite society. Once in Oregon, she plans to leave for Washington territory to live alone.
Attempts on her life and the life of a young girl make Lily realize that she and Jed share a love worth searching for.
So Many Roads to Choose
It’s finally time for Smitty to settle down after all of his trips on the Oregon Trail. He has Lynn and a houseful of orphans but he also had a wife, he’s always been faithful to. Brenda lied and said she was with child, Smitty’s child over ten years ago. It’s time to dissolve their marriage.
Upon arriving at Brenda’s house, he finds Brenda and her mother May dying of tuberculosis and just as ornery as ever. Lynn knows Smitty is married and respects the vows he took.
He finally comes home but in his grief he decides to leave Lynn and the kids. Lynn can’t stay in a house that doesn’t belong to her, so she answers an ad and leaves to become a farmer’s wife, taking her children with her. It was the biggest mistake of her life as the farmer is abusive.
Smitty rescues them. Both Lynn and Smitty have doubts about their special love for each other. Can Smitty sway Lynn to be his forever or will she choose to travel a different road?