Romance on the Oregon Trail
Christian Historical Western Romance
Cora feels indebted to Eddie who saved her and her baby, Esther. She travels on the Oregon Trail with him. He intimidates her and has her doing most of the work. He’s jealous and she knows not to look in another man’s direction.
An early snowstorm leaves her in danger of frostbite and when Harrison Walsh carries her off to his wagon to be treated Eddie becomes enraged and drops Cora’s trunk off at Harrison’s wagon.
Luella Barnes jumps off the wagon so she can walk along the Oregon Trail. Unfortunately, her dress gets caught and her leg is run over by one of the wagon wheels. When her father sees that she is unable to do the chores he tells her she is on her own.
No one offers to take the injured woman into their covered wagon. She is given a place in the extra wagon used by three handsome drovers who work for Harrison Walsh. They know to show her the proper respect a young unmarried woman deserves.
Handsome Irishman Declan Leary is finally a free man in a free country. He is haunted by the people who died during the Irish Famine and those he left behind. Luella’s big heart draws him but he will never love again.
When it’s learned that Luella’s father has tried to sell her to a man gossip starts and Declan finds himself in the middle of the whole mess. In order to preserve her reputation, he is forced to marry her. Can they find common ground amid the growing gossip of a secret baby?
Throughout the action, adventure and mishaps Luella longs for one thing. She prays that God shows her the path she is to take.
Dawn's life shatters as she watches her family die and then is kidnapped by Indians. Dawn is badly treated and finally thrown off a cliff. Swift Eagle brings her to his friend on the wagon train, Luella. Dawn has much healing to do. She can heal her body and she spends much time reading her bible but she can't bear to tell anyone what happened to her and she doesn't like to be touched.
Heath Leary is looking forward to a future with no ties. He plans to build his ranch and then maybe, someday settle down. He carries Dawn to the wagon to heal and she becomes his responsibility. He resents her and the shame she carries for living with Indians.
Dawn can't bear to have anyone touch her but she trusts Heath. Constantly worried about her future, Heath offers her a job in Oregon. Sadly she finds out he really wants nothing to do with her and her heart, which finally allows Heath in, breaks.
She's already been hurt beyond measure and too late he realizes he loves her. Can Heath convince Dawn he's made an awful mistake?
Tara Carmichael watched her whole wagon party including her father killed. She stayed hidden as the men ransacked the wagons searching. Later that evening she heads back to Fort Bridger on the Oregon Trail. Tara has no supplies and the store clerk at Fort Bridger has no mercy. She sees a chance and she takes it by hiding in the back of the wagon Zander is driving. She knows how to hunt, fish, make buckskins, she’s good with a rifle and a knife but she doesn’t know how to be a female, men want to marry or a female other women want as a friend. Tara watches as other females in the wagon train party vie for Zander’s attention and it hurts more than she can bear.
Zander Kennedy planned to start a ranch in Oregon with his two best friends the Leary brothers. But he’s not sure that will happen since they both got married along the long, long trail. He’s been alone much of his life and is certain he’ll be alone again in Oregon.
Both Zander and Tara promise themselves they will never risk their hearts. They know how much it hurts when they are left by another. There is a spark between them but they are firm in their resolve to keep their hearts frozen. They avoid each other as much as possible until a ten-year-old girl Rhetta is in danger living with Indians.
Her adoptive Indian father is willing to marry her off to Zander. The father is told Zander is married. Not believing Zander’s marital status he wants witnesses watching Zander and Tara go into the wagon together and stay for the night. Both understand they must marry or risk Tara’s good name. They certainly don’t want the Indian tribe upset with them.
Candle Glow and Mistletoe Christmas
Christmas in Oregon is like no other. It’s full of love and danger, heart-wrenching twists and turns and page turning excitement. The tender Romance is inspiring and heartfelt.
The characters of Love on the Romance Trail are nine years older. Great strides are been made, families grow and the romance continues.
Swift Eagle struggles through extreme snow to make it to the ranch. He needs to see his dear friend, Luella before he moves on. He has decided that marriage is not for him and he’s going to Canada where he can still hunt and live a peaceful life.
Rhetta is nineteen and has been told she wasn’t a decent, acceptable person because she was captured by Indians when she was ten-years-old and lived with them for less than a year. She is somehow considered tainted. She makes a life for herself on the ranch, hunting, fishing, camping and she is most comfortable in her buckskins.
But something strange happens; she can feel Swift Eagle even when he’s not with her. It warms her and frightens her at the same time. She knows he’s leaving but she can’t stop her attraction to him.
This Christian Historical Western is chocked full of action and anticipation. There’s a kidnapping, a shooting, major snowstorms, and of course both Swift Eagle and Rhetta ignore the attraction between them. Swift Eagle plans to move on and Rhetta sadly knows she’ll never be a bride.
Everything looks better in candle glow and feels better standing under the mistletoe.