Westward Hearts (Homeward on the Oregon Trail #1)
Bestselling author Melody Carlson begins an inspiring new series of adventure and romance on the Oregon Trail.
Kentucky, 1854--Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared--to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise h...more
After converting three of their best wagons to prairie schooners and thoroughly outfitting them, the little party travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train ...more
I liked this book, but I think the title was almost misleading. It, and the back of the book 'blurb', made me think that Elizabeth would find love along her journey. While that may happen in subsequent books in this series, it didn't happen in this novel at all. Instead, the story was more about how Elizabeth worked through her grief at her husband's death, and ...more
There were things about it that I liked--the whole Oregon Trail thing, wagon trains, etc. The religion aspect was also well handled in that they were accepting and open and loving and giving and enjoyed having a good time. There were some overly religious people in there who were the ones that people usually complain about or lump everyone else in underneath. Judgmental and overly pious and holier than thou.
It doesn't really hold as a comp ...more
From the back cover: The Oregon Trail — Hardship or Happiness? Loneliness or Love?
Kentucky, 1856–Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband’s death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared–to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her ...more
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Elizabeth Martin has lost her husband, leaving her a young widow with two young children. When her brother, Matthew, is dumped by his fiancé, the two talk about long dead plans to travel west to the Oregon Territory. Plans that first fell into place when Elizabeth’s husband was alive.
The South is in unrest, with talk of secession, and the possibility of war, it s ...more
This is the first book in a series that follows Elizabeth and her family has they head west on the Oregon Trail. I enjoyed this book quite a bit b ...more
This is book one in the new series Homeward on the Oregon Trail. I do enjoy any book by Melody Carlson! Because of the author, I thought I should give this book a try. I am glad I did, as the story is more of an adventure then a romance and definitely kept my attention.
Elizabeth has been a widower for three years now and decides it is time to follow her dream and move west with her children. When her family comes along with her she could not be happier. The story is set in the mid 1800’s so you ...more
This is story of Elizabeth Martin who lives in Ky 1856...she is a widow with two small children and it has been three long years since she became a widow. She and her husband had a dream of going West.
When her brother Matthew has his fiancee abruptly leave with his best friend and break their engagment-he is devastated along with a few other emotions that he doesnt want the whole town to talk about. He wants to hid ...more
Ms. Carlson does a wonderful job explaining to the reader what pushes Elizabeth Martin to want to make the trek from Kentucky to Kansas City in the 1800's along the Oregon Trail with all of the hardships and perils a wagon train went through during that time. The reader is ...more
I am never disappointed in reading a Melody Carlson book! This 1st book of the series begins with 2 families from Kentucky starting on the Oregon Trail. The plot is fascinating, add to that, characters that come alive in the story, and very interesting details on preparing for a trip on the Oregon Trail. Some great adventures happen on the trail as this pioneer family and others soon find out. I am looking forward to the next book!
I enjoyed the characters in the story and how they progressed. I do, however, wish that the story hadn't been split where it ended. I feel like it left it feeling choppy. I was also looking for a bit more in the terms of writing.
But overall, I enjoyed it more than I disliked it
It took awhile for the actual trip to begin but I liked that it didn't rush through to them immediately on the trail. I didn't realize how little time had actually passed in their world when I got to the end of this book, especially since I'm not sure how many books this series will have. (Goodreads lists just one more)
I really liked Elizabeth and her kids, and being a hist ...more
It didn't have an ending. Not a cliffhanger or anything... just end of one chapter, the next book has the next chapter. That was weird.
Westward hearts was a good read as long as you don't mind a fairy tale approach to a wagon train experience this is not meant as an insult but the heroes and heroines are clear and I think it's safe to assume the rest of the journey will find them safe. It does give a lot of detail to what some of the wagon train rides must have been like. If you want light feel good then this is for you
She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.
Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi ...more