A Home at Trail's End (Homeward on the Oregon Trail Series #3)

A Home at Trail's End (Homeward on the Oregon Trail Series #3)

by Melody A. Carlson


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Bestselling author Melody Carlson (more than 5 million books sold) continues her Homeward on the Oregon Trail series with this third and final adventure.

Elizabeth Martin and her two children have finally reached the Oregon Country. But Eli Kincade, the wagon train scout who captured her heart, has chosen to continue life on the trail. As other pioneer families begin building new homes, Elizabeth has never felt more alone.

However, when Eli unexpectedly returns, confesses his love, and proposes, Elizabeth accepts with her family’s blessing.

A community begins to take shape, but not without growing pains. As an alternative to the local minister’s fiery sermons, Elizabeth’s father begins to preach at home, raising the ire of some. Racial biases arise against Brady, Elizabeth’s African-American hired hand. Eli’s warm sentiments toward Indians also raises concerns.

Can Elizabeth and her family overcome these differences and begin a legacy of reconciliation and love?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736948753
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Homeward on the Oregon Trail Series , #3
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 581,558
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.


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A Home at Trail's End 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Good Series Wrap Up After all those months on the Oregon Trail Elizabeth has finally reached her new home. The end of book two finds Eli has returned and asks Elizabeth to marry him. Elizabeth starts to plan her wedding as well as help her family and friends settle into their new way of life. What I liked: This book was a good wrap up for the series. It was interesting to see how people would adjust and settle into a new home. There was also okay plot about a Indian lady being accepted by the whites. It was nice to see a happy ending for all the characters after the long trip out west. What I did not like: The one complaint I had with the first two books remains with this one as well. I would have loved to have Eli be a first person voice in this book not just Elizabeth. It would have made this a much better book over all. As much as I liked this story it just is missing a little more depth and adding another first person character telling their story would have helped a lot. Overall I liked this book and it was well written and closed out the series well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
For readers of this series, I’m sure this will be an apt conclusion to the myriad storylines written about previously. This is the only book of the series I have personally read, and it took a while to reconcile everything going on through the snippets of history presented throughout. I did eventually catch up and I enjoyed reading about the various family members and how they came to be in Oregon. The first half of the book seemed to take place over a few months and told the wedding stories of Elizabeth and her sister-in-law. The second half was a speed read of the next year, which was a little fast for me. The pacing could have been a little more polished. Overall, however, I did enjoy the read. It was a sweet story that seemed to wrap up all the loose ends quite nicely, and reverently. I especially enjoyed the faith expressed by most of the characters and appreciated their outlook on life as some of God’s children. Rating: 4 HEAT Rating: Sweet Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faith Farrell for Readers' Favorite In short? This is a great book! In a sweet, wholesome way Melody Carlson has painted a picture of frontier life that we can savor and learn from through her Homeward on The Oregon Trail Series. The third and final book is now here: A Home At Trail's End. Aside from being a happy conclusion to a satisfying set of books that would even make a great mother/daughter read-aloud, there are several things I really, really appreciate about this story.  One is the heroine herself: Elizabeth is a mother to two living children and a widow who has recently come to love again. I enjoyed the depth that Elizabeth gave the book ... she already had a lot of experience with trials and sadness, yet retains her joy of living. She has a good store of wisdom, much of it a gift from her godly parents (whom we get to meet!). She's humble, and she knows she's still on the journey of faith and life.  Another thing that really delighted me is the homey details that let you imagine what it was like to start a farm in Oregon in the 1850s. Melody describes Elizabeth saving fruit pits and seeds and carefully sprouting them, hoping to someday transplant them to a little orchard. We read about candling the hen's eggs, separating the eggs they can eat from the fertile ones that they need to give back to the mama hens so eggs can turn into chicks. A Home At Trail's End is a five-star book!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson in her new book, "A Home At Trail's End" Book Three in the Homeward on the Oregon Trail series published by Harvest House Publishers concludes the journey of Elizabeth Martin. From the back cover: The end of a journey-the beginning of a new life After overcoming the challenges of the Oregon Trail, Eli Kincaid, the handsome scout for the wagon train, has realized that his love for Elizabeth Martin is stronger that his affinity for life on the trail. While Elizabeth and her children stay with Malinda, also a widow with children, Eli builds a cabin and Elizabeth plans their wedding. But how will the area's residents feel when they find out that Elizabeth is also secretly sheltering a lone Indian woman and her young child on her property? Or that her hired hand-a freed slave-is building his own cabin, despite laws against blacks becoming permanent residents? And when Malinda's fiance decides frontier life is not right for him, Elizabeth must help pick up the pieces of her dear friend's heart. Can Elizabeth and Eli carve out a new life and share God's love in spite of the turmoil? The heartwarming conclusion to the Homeward on the Oregon Trail series depicts the transforming power of love and faith on the rugged Oregon coast. This is it, we have made it to the end of the journey and now begins the process of settling down in a new community. Eli finally comes to his senses and proposes, then sets out to build their new home. Elizabeth has never been on this journey for herself and now that she is settling down she continues her tradition. She shelters an Indian woman and her child on her property and helps her freed slave build his own cabin even though that is against the law. The people don't like the preacher and want Elizabeth's father to hold church for them and Malinda has problems of her own. It wouldn't be a Melody Carlson book without the romance though and Elizabeth has her hands full planning for her wedding. "A home At Trail's End" 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."
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
A Home at Trail’s End by Melody Carlson was a most enjoyable historical romance that took place in the mid-nineteenth century in the area that would soon become the state of Oregon. Elizabeth Martin fell in love with Eli Kincade, the wagon train scout, but he did not stop in Oregon but continued south. Even though Elizabeth had a twelve year old son and an eight year old daughter, she was fighting extreme loneliness. Eli returned and proposed marriage and Elizabeth accepted with the approval of her family. The local minister gave such depressing sermons that many of the congregation asked Elizabeth’s father to hold services at his home and be the preacher. There were problems in the community caused by the racial prejudices of some of the settlers and Elizabeth and her family worked hard to bring peace to the community. At the end of the book, the settlers received a great surprise. The author did an outstanding job in developing all the elements of the story. All the characters were so real that they seemed to come to life on the pages of the book. The action was fast paced and so well written that one could almost feel they were right in the center of what was happening. Descriptions of the scenery in the area greatly added to the enjoyment of the book. Several times there were plot twists that made the story even more interesting and kept one guessing as to what would happen next. It was refreshing to read a book in which most of the people treated the Indians and freed slaves with respect. I was impressed with the way the author included God in the lives of the characters and the way they worked to have a peaceful, loving,and forgiving community. I recommend this book to anyone who likes an historical romance with lots of action and enough suspense to keep one guessing. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.