Westward Hearts (Homeward on the Oregon Trail Series #1)

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Bestselling author Melody Carlson begins an inspiring new series of adventure and romance on the Oregon Trail.

Kentucky, 1854--Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared--to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.

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Overview

Bestselling author Melody Carlson begins an inspiring new series of adventure and romance on the Oregon Trail.

Kentucky, 1854--Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared--to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.

After converting three of their best wagons to prairie schooners and thoroughly outfitting them, the little party travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group's handsome guide, Eli Kincade.

The long journey and deepening relationships challenge the travelers to their core, and Eli's mysterious past leaves Elizabeth with more questions than answers. She knows there's no turning back, but she wonders, What have I gotten myself into?

About This Series: The Homeward on the Oregon Trail series brings to life the challenges a young widow faces as she journeys west, settles her family in the Pacific Northwest, and helps create a new community among strong-willed and diverse pioneers.

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Three years after the death of her husband, Elizabeth Martin decides to follow his dream of taking their two children out West with her parents and brother. In Kansas, they join a wagon train where Elizabeth meets Eli Kincade and romance ensues. VERDICT Carlson starts this new historical series with her signature emotionally intense storyline. Adult readers will find the writing and language somewhat didactic, but it may win her teen readers looking for a clean romance. Recommend it to readers who enjoy the stories of Lurlene McDaniel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736948715
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Homeward on the Oregon Trail Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 360,877
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Melody Carlson has written 200 books for teens, women, and children (more than five million copies sold). She's won several awards from the Romance Writers of America, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, Christian Retailing magazine, and other national organizations. Melody and her husband have two grown sons and make their home in the Pacific Northwest.
www.melodycarlson.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Amazing bond.....

    I loved this book. The way her family is just completely bonded together. What an amazing adventure. The way it is described you feel you are truly on the Oregon trail with them. It does have praying thru out the story but not so much it bothers you. I highly recommend this to everyone.
    HappyReading

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

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    A story of family, trust and faith Elizabeth Martin lost her hu

    A story of family, trust and faith

    Elizabeth Martin lost her husband three years ago and is raising her two children on her own. She still wears black and manages to continue running their farm. When Elizabeth and the children to to her parents for Christmas her brother comes home in a foul mood and refuses to join them for Christmas Eve dinner, not only that his fiancee isn't with him. Elizabeth goes to talk to him and finds out that the wedding is called off because his fiancee is now the wife of his best friend and they have left town. Matthew is devastated and after a week or so he decides to head to Oregon.




    Going to Oregon, this brings back the memories that Elizabeth and her husband had always planned on going to Oregon to join his family who had already gone out there. The more she thinks about it the more she wants to go, when the kids hear about it they want to go too. The only thing holding her back is leaving her parents here all alone. When the parents find out everyone is moving to Oregon, they finally decide to go too.




    Westward Hearts takes you through the planning, the preparing and getting on the Oregon Trail. But Melody Carlson, just how could you leave me hanging out there in the middle of the trip at such a crucial time! Elizabeth is a person of faith but as they move on she is soon learning more about faith from her young daughter. I really enjoyed reading this and was so disappointed where Melody ended it but I'm also glad that I have the next book in the series "A Dream for Tomorrow" on my Kindle!




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley  book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    I really find her books enjoyable and hard to put down. I think

    I really find her books enjoyable and hard to put down. I think she is one of the best authors I have read in a long long time. Thoroughly relaxing reading. I wish our Barnes & Noble store here in Bismarck would carry her books.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Very good book

    Very good book as are most by this author. Gave it five stars!

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

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    Melody Carlson in her new book, ┬┐Westward Hearts┬┐ Book One in th

    Melody Carlson in her new book, “Westward Hearts” Book One in the Homeward on the Oregon Trail series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Elizabeth Martin.

    From the back cover: The Oregon Trail — Hardship or Happiness? Loneliness or Love?

    Kentucky, 1856–Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband’s death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared–to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.

    After converting three of their best wagons for an overland journey and thoroughly outfitting them with ample supplies and tools, the family travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon draws attention from fellow traveler Will Bramford as well as Eli Kincaid, the group’s handsome but mysterious guide.

    Will Elizabeth’s close-knit family survive the challenges they face on the Oregon Trail? And is this young widow truly ready for new love–even as she pursues the dream she shared with her late husband?

    Depending on where you picked it up the Oregon Trail was 2,000 miles long. Since Wagon Trains simply could not cover lots of mileage in a day this whole trip took months. When you have that much time on your hands a good author can tell lots of story and Melody Carlson is a very good author. As long time readers of this blog know I like Westerns and, most definitely, “Westward Hearts” is a Western. Wagon Trains, natural perils along the trail and forts this one has it all. And it is a romance too. Though which suitor Elizabeth is going to choose is anybody’s guess. After all this is going to be a trilogy, can’t give everything away in the first book, right? “Westward Hearts” is great fun to read. Ms. Carlson has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices. All this and in a Western. What more can anyone desire? A really enjoyable read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Restless Hearts Head West

    Westward Hearts
    Melody A. Carlson ©2012
    Harvest House Publishers
    ISBN 978-0-7369-4871-5


    In 1856, Elizabeth Martin, mother of two children, feels an unusual restlessness. She manages her farm with the help of Brady, a freed slave, since her husband and brother died four years earlier. She senses that her disquiet is related to a dream she and her late husband discussed for years, of moving from Kansas to Oregon.

    Her brother, Matthew, late for Christmas dinner at their parents shocks everyone when he storms into the house and slams the door to his room without Violet, his fiancée. Matthew further upsets everyone with plans to emigrate westward--without Violet.

    Soon even their parents join Matthew and Elizabeth on a move to Oregon. This story makes alive the pioneers planning, hardships and pleasures (including romances).

    Author Melody Carlson brings alive the characters, the journey and especially the beauty and dangers of western prairies. Both good and difficult people emerge and adventures bring excitement to the travelers. Surprises will keep readers involved in the story.

    This book ends as the pioneers reach the Rocky Mountains so expect volume two to take them across that difficult terrain.

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    Posted October 14, 2012

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