Where the Trail Ends: The Oregon Trail

Where the Trail Ends: The Oregon Trail

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by Melanie Dobson

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For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on British exporter Lord…  See more details below


For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on British exporter Lord Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy waters. Alex escorts Samantha and her young brother, Micah, to Fort Vancouver. There Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections, but the only one who intrigues her—Alex—is the one she cannot have. The ship will soon arrive from England to carry him home, back to his betrothed and a different world. Samantha becomes determined to create a home for herself and Micah in the fertile valley far away from the fort, but how will an unmarried woman support herself and her brother alone? When Micah disappears into the wilderness one rainy night, Samantha must rely on the man she loves—the man she’s trying desperately to forget—to rescue her brother before it’s too late.

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Where the Trail Ends: American Tapestries 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
Samantha Waldron and her family are among the first to travel the Oregon Trail, but the trip proves to be anything but an adventure. When she reaches Fort Vancouver, she must rely on the help of the British to survive. She had assumed on the trip that she would marry Jack Doyle, but after meeting Lord Alexander Clarke, she isn't sure what the future holds. But for Lord Clarke, his future is already settled. But will Lady Judith be willing to wait until Alex is ready to return to London? Historical fiction has always been a favorite of mine. Anything involving the pioneers heading West always grabs my attention, and this was no exception. Melanie Dobson has woven a fascinating tale of adventure, heartbreak, and romance on the Oregon Trail. With no strong language, violence, or sexual content, this novel is appropriate for teens to adults. 5 stars
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
In the year 1842, Samantha Waldron could never have imagined the perils her family would face on their journey to Oregon. She pushed herself for the sake of her little brother Micah and a new life in Oregon. They must make it to the trails end of Williamette Valley, Oregon. Her father has a dream that it is the Land of Milk and Honey and will where they build their home. Samantha has crossed rivers on this the trail to Oregon but not like this last river the Columbia River which they must cross. She just wasn't expecting to cross in a storm. She was having a difficult time keeping the canoe on course especially with the rain filling the canoe up with water and then the canoe capsizes dumping her and Micah into the freezing cold waters of the raging river. Lord Alexander Clarke notices a canoe trying to cross the river from the opposite side. He can tell they are in trouble row out to them. As he nears their canoe it capsizes and he pulls a small boy out of the water then he grabs the woman by her dress and manages to get them to shore. Samantha takes several days to get her strength back. During this time Micah plays with the children at the Fort under Alex's supervision. Alex felt as if he needed to protect Samantha and Micah. When she got her strength back Alex offers her a job as a teacher for the children that live within the Fort. Since she has lost everything she was grateful for the offer. But she will only have this job until the next ship arrives with the new teacher. Come to find out Alex will be leaving on that same ship to return to England. He is promised to be married back in England due to an arranged marriage. Alex has fallen in love with this land and if it were not for his obligations in England he would stay and build a life in Oregon. As he prepares to return to England young Micah sneaks out of the Fort, to find his dog, while Samantha was sleeping and she came straight to Alex for help. Alex promises he will not return to the Fort until he finds Micah. Will Alex find Micah? Can Samantha make it on her own without the teaching position. How does she feel about Alex leaving for England? Will Alex really be happy living with his betrothed in England? While reading this book you will need a supply of tissues. Also I want to warn you that as your anxiety builds while reading this book it may cause you to snap at loved ones if they interrupt your reading. You will not want to put this book down until the end of the trail. I meant end of the book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse/Summerside Press for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
In 1842, on the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley, the pioneers trudged through crossing rivers, mountains, etc., some lost all their possessions and some lost their loved ones. Some finished their journeys, and some did not. This story shows how there is always someone with a compassionate heart to help those who find themselves in dire situations. As such,were some British and Indians tribes who helped the Americans along the way. I really enjoyed this story, and wished it would continue! The main character and heroine in the story, was remarkable, in her strength and faith, to continue her journey, after she lost just about everything she had. I also, enjoyed several other characters in the story, esp. their dog, Boaz. I thank Ms.Dobson, for an excellent read, I loved it!! 
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I am partial to books where the setting is the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Trail is always a fascination for me, and it was nice to read a well-researched book that took place during the time of great Westward expansion. It was also nice that this is a clean romance with Christian principles--always a plus. I liked Samantha--nice, strong Pioneer woman. And her brother, Daniel, was the typical boy who often got himself into scrapes. Then you had Alex, the English gentleman who prefers the "Wild West." The characters were the typical stereotypical characters for this kind of romance, but at least they were well-developed. The author even threw a few surprises into the plot that made things interesting.  I appreciated the fact that there was no sex nor profanity. I could have done with a little more about God and Christianity. Yes, Christian principles were there, but sometimes I didn't see the characters' faith as well as I would have liked to. I also didn't see the romance budding between the characters in the same way I would like to, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. The Pacific Northwest landscape in the book was truly a joy for me to read about. To read about Fort Vancouver, the Willamette Valley, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River was truly a nice treat. When you live in the Pacific Northwest, it's nice to read about such familiar areas. There are enough books written about New York, California, and England, but very few about my neck of the woods! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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l_manning More than 1 year ago
Samantha Waldron is entering the final stages of her trip across the country. Joining others looking for the fertile Willamette Valley, Samantha, her father, and her brother have been traveling the Oregon Trail. They have given up everything in hope for a new life, but it appears they may have to give up even more before they can get to Oregon. Meanwhile, Alex Clarke is an important person in the fur business. Being a proper British man, he's tired of helping all these Americans arriving with nothing but dreams and immense hunger. When Alex ends up helping Samantha though, they both begin to rethink what it takes to live out west. I love historical novels, and this book had a lot of interesting details in it. The harsh conditions of traveling across the Oregon Trail were very apparent. It really made me appreciate what strength and spirit it took to be able to complete the journey. I don't think I would have blamed anyone for wanting to turn back. There was also an element of luck involved, as evidenced by some of the bad things that happened to Samantha and her company. I really knew next to nothing about the fur and trapping business, so the book allowed me to learn some about that as well. I appreciate how much the governor really went out of his way to help all the struggling Americans. They were under no obligation to help, and yet they did. I could appreciate Alex's reticence to help, but he had a good heart no matter what and did what must be done. More than anything I really admired Samantha. Her tenacity was amazing. She knew what her end goal was, and she was going to accomplish this no matter what. I also loved her open-mindedness about all the peoples she came across. I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel very lucky to be sitting in my air conditioned house on the couch just reading about it though. I think that to survive the trip west people really had to have a sense of purpose, and Samantha definitely had that. The further I got in the book, the less I wanted to put it down. There was a lot of action and adventure, so that also helped to keep my interest. I loved this book, and I think fans of history will also appreciate the human touch brought in this book. Book provided for review.
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