Christine Bristol is sick of waiting. For three years she’s done as everyone tells her, putting aside dreams of the handsome photographer who captured her girlish fancy, trying to forget the mother who abandoned her on the stage to Abilene. Now she doesn’t care who gets hurt in her desperate bid to follow her heart. Heading across the prairie in a cramped, horse-drawn wagon, Christine discovers that much of the bitterness she’s known comes from her own lack of faith. On her journey of discovery to San Francisco, Christine finds a love that reunites her with her real family; puts her in touch with her true self; and brings her back to the simple Kansas homestead.
About the Author
Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she's been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!
Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she's not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She's a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She's married to a fine man who - bless him - has never once suggested she get a real job!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
JOURNEY TO LOVE, the second book in the Angels of Mercy series, is a tender, touching story of love and family and one girl's search for both. Christine Bristol¿s inspirational tale will move you as she tries to reunite her 'real' family and explore the possibility of love with a former admirer. Her plan doesn't include God, but she discovers He is part of everything. Willful and spoiled, Christine has much to learn about life. She once again runs away to find the mother who abandoned her and her brother at a stagecoach depot four years earlier. She's determined to bring back her Mama and she enlists the help of Tucker Trudeau, the handsome Cajun photographer she met on an earlier adventure. Christine's mother has been implicated in activities with a confidence man. Tucker's mother, a seer and healer with strange religious powers, brings her misgivings about their relationship along on the trip west. The second book in the Angels of Mercy series, JOURNEY TO LOVE picks up Christine¿s story where A PATCHWORK FAMILY ended. You needn't have read the first book in order to enjoy this one however, A PATCHWORK FAMILY is a wonderful tale of a young couple who work a station on the Pony Express line. I highly recommend it. Ms. Hubbard's interweaving of history will keep you turning pages, while her descriptive settings transport you along the Union Pacific line to San Francisco. This is a great follow-up story, which left me eager for the next in the Angels of Mercy series.--Reviewed by Peggy Hillmer
In 1869 St. Louis sixteen year old Christine Bristol dreams of her mother returning to her and her brother Billy, but feels she must do something to make it happen. However, Christine has no idea where her mother went since she abandoned them. However, she feels she found the starting point when she finds a bundle of letters hidden away by her mother. To her ire, the love letters are signed by Tucker Trudeau, whom Christine has loved since she first met him three years ago. --- Still Christine now has a name to begin her quest. She pleads with Tucker to help her find her mother. Tucker and his mother agree to accompany Christine on a trek to follow the clues to the whereabouts of her missing mother. Neither understood how difficult it is to locate someone who might not want to be found as they trek across the country. --- This is an interesting historical romance that showcases how different society was just under a hundred fifty years ago as the sixteen years old heroine hopes to marry the man she loves. The story line though labeled an Angels of Mercy Inspirational seems to realistic in terms of profanity and sexual innuendos and comments for that intended audience. In spite of a lack of real motivation by Tucker and his mom and several leaps of faith spins Charlotte Hubbard provides readers with an interesting mid nineteenth century journey to womanhood. --- Harriet Klausner