In 1847, Caleb "Mac" McDougall, a young Bostonian, seeks adventure on the Oregon Trail. As he passes through Missouri, he rescues Jenny Calhoun, a lonely girl in trouble.
To join a wagon train bound for Oregon, Mac and Jenny pose as a married couple. On the arduous six-month trek, they confront raging rivers, rugged mountains, and untrustworthy companions. Together, Mac and Jenny face the best and worst in themselves and in each other, while discovering the beauty and danger of the western frontier.
Fans of Lonesome Dove and True Grit will enjoy Lead Me Home--a gripping saga of courage, sacrifice, and enduring friendship.
"Lead Me Home is a riveting story of the westward movement. . . . A not to be missed novel about the strength of character and infinite bravery and determination of our ancestors." Pamela Boles Eglinski, author of Return of the French Blue and She Rides with Genghis Khan
About the Author
Theresa is the award-winning author of novels, short stories, essays, and poetry, and has worked as an attorney, mediator, and human resources executive.
She has published a novel—a bestselling financial thriller—under a pseudonym, as well as an anthology under her own name, Family Recipe: Sweet and saucy stories, essays, and poems about family life. In addition, Theresa has published short works in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Mozark Press, and Kansas City Voices. She is a member of the Kansas City Writers Group, Missouri Writers Guild, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., and Write Brain Trust.
Theresa’s blog is Story & History: One writer’s journey through life and time, , where she often posts about the Oregon Trail. She invites readers to follow her there, on her Facebook Author page, and on Amazon at
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lead Me Home is a riveting story of the westward movement. It lends a first hand image of life on a wagon train -- for six months! I feel the dust in my teeth and grit in my hair. But dust was the least of the travelers' problems. This is a not to be missed novel about the strength of character and infinite bravery and determination of our ancestors. Perfect for reading to younger children and ideal for those who love stories of settling the western states. Thoroughly enjoyed.
The courage of the Western pioneers really comes through in this novel. Can't wait for the sequel.
The courage and resourcefulness of the Western emigrants was amazing -- this book brings their struggles to life. The author does a great job of developing an interesting cast of characters and really knows her history. Highly recommended.