The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most.
Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train.
The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new.
During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.
Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?
What Readers are Saying
I really enjoyed this book. After having read The Quilted Heart Omnibus I couldn’t wait to see what happened next as the characters I had grown to love set out on their adventure in a new land. Expecting to find hardship on their 5 month trek across the country they tried to be prepared for anything, but some things you can never be prepared for. This book was a light read which was refreshing. Not a lot of suspense, although the suspense there was fit into the story line beautifully. It was interesting to see God work in and through the wagon train as it’s different personalities tried to mesh together. Did they all get along? Absolutely not! There were some surprises in this book too and the ending left me wanting to pick up the next book in the series to see what happens next!”