Cry of the West: Hallie (Finding Home Series #1)

Cry of the West: Hallie (Finding Home Series #1)

by Verna Clay

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ISBN-13: 9781482034448
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/03/2013
Series: Finding Home , #1
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

My perfect day: Laptop; WiFi availability; Java Mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality. Afterward, I return home to wash dishes and vacuum.

Seriously, a love for the written word has always been an integral part of my life. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys' Mysteries. When I reached my teen years, the romance genre became my favorite and that has never changed. A few years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. My current focus is writing western romance, both contemporary and historical, and several of my titles have made it into the top 10 in those categories on Amazon. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book.

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Cry of the West: Hallie (Finding Home Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this delightful short. It could have been much better, to me it rambled on about each stop then run to the next outpost stop. After all said I enjoyed reading this delightful story. Recommend reading this it tugs at your heart.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite The year is 1866 and Thomas and Hallie Wells are ready to head west. They have sold their farm, and almost everything they have in anticipation of moving to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. When Tom is killed just about a month before the five month trek begins Hallie is determined that she and her young son Timmy will forge ahead with Tom's plan but she will need someone to drive her wagon west. She decides to ask her neighbor Cooper Jerome who Tom had said was a just and good man. Cooper, recently home from war, is fighting his own demons, but decides he will see the Wells safely to Oregon. With many obstacles along the way, they come to rely on one another and soon find themselves drawn to each other. Will they follow their hearts or allow the misgivings they feel keep them apart? I have always found the stories of the wagon trains heading west to be quite fascinating and "Cry of the West: Hallie" is rich in detail allowing me to visualize the obstacles the travelers faced. I thought that Hallie was such a strong female lead, but Ms. Clay also allows us to glimpse a more vulnerable side of her. Cooper was a perfect match for her, and I kept my fingers crossed hoping that he and Hallie would realize that as well. I found the snippets of his past to be quite intriguing, allowing me to understand why he felt the way he did. I could understand why they fought their feelings, but in a rugged setting hearts don't always follow protocol. I also enjoyed the character of Timmy, who was protective of his mother. We see the kind boy he is, but also get glimpses of the man that he would someday be. The secondary characters in the story really keep the plot interesting. The author provides a few laughs but also some very heart-touching moments as well. While there are a few minor instances of strong language, I also find an inspirational slant as well, which makes for a good balance. Overall, it was easy to see that Ms.Clay really did her research when it came to the Oregon Trail. She brings the trip west to life, making me feel as if I was actually on the journey myself. I really look forward to reading more from this talented author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish they would have been a little more romance at the end of the book but overall good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read. Sometimes I find I want to jump ahead in a book. I didn't do that with this book. I came to love Cooper, the tall, handsome, capable and considerate main male character. I admired the main female, Hallie as well. She gave an example of how a woman can be strong and still loveable.. I was dissapointed at the inaccuracies in the description of locations between LaGrande and the Columbia River. It made me wonder how many other inaccuracies there were. Then I decided to enjoy it as the fiction it is. I did enjoy it, very ,much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author pulls you in on page 1, felt as if I was on this wagon train adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book it remined me of westward the women
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
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Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
Another great romantic historical western by Verna Clay with a wagon train of pioneers going from St. Louis, Mo to Willamette Valley in Oregon during the spring of 1866 as the colorful background. Newly widowed mother Hallie Wells hires former Union soldier and new farmer Cooper Jerome to accompany and protect her and her 8year old son Timmy on the journey to Oregon. Ms. Clay's story telling is so engaging and descriptive that you are there in the moment with the wagon train pioneers as they make the arduous and sometimes deadly journey to a new land and a new life. I found myself fully invested in the trials and tribulations, the joys and sorrows, the laughter and tears of the secondary characters as well as the main characters of this thoroughly satisfying western saga. This is the first title in the Finding Home series, but there are no cliffhangers and it can be read as a stand alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the storyline and cast of characters. In reading, the author made the characters so lifelike, that the reader truly becomes a part of the story. The experience of the pioneers as they traveled to Oregon gave me the feeling of being part of a wagon train. An excellent read and HEA. I will read the other books in the series. This is my first book by this author... but not my last. Now added ad one of my faborite authors. Great story. **vrnb**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very frustrating plot. Started with promise, but just got more and more irritating. Two very stupid characters.