In particular, it is the story of Anna Goben, her mother and grandfather; and of Caroline Milburn, a young widow whose husband died in the war. Anna’s mother is an alcoholic and Anna thinks it would be good for her to have new adventures. Her father left when she was small and her brother was killed in the Civil War. Alcohol is her mother’s way of coping.
Caroline Milburn has been living with her sister, her husband and children. Space is too tight for that many family members and her brother-in-law came back from the war an invalid with a mean outlook on life. Caroline is going west to change her life and find a way to support herself.
This is a very interesting outlook on life after the war. So many families and individuals decided to head west to the open lands to try to make a new live for themselves and their families. The adventures start as soon as the wagon train pulls out of St. Charles.
I know you will enjoy this book. It is a book of faith and perseverance, which will make you think about the good in your life as you read about the hardships of theirs.
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?