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Wilderness Trail of Love

(American Wilderness #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Will Stephen’s dream cost him what he values most—Jane’s love.

Award-winning historical romance author Dorothy Wiley's WILDERNESS TRAIL OF LOVE is the first American Wilderness Series Romance. This memorable novel breaches the walls of time, bringing readers to a young America, where romance and danger are as powerful as the wilderness.

Set in 1797, on America's romantic fr
Paperback, 366 pages
Published August 11th 2014 (first published August 10th 2014)
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Anthony Whitt
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy Wiley writes a compelling story portraying the perilous struggle of a family seeking a new life on the American frontier. She successfully captures the angst of the decision to risk all in the hazards of travel through a raw wilderness full of dangerous characters, terrain, and weather. Such is the pull of the untamed land in Kentucky that a man subjects the family he loves to the uncertainty and hazards of taking on this challenge. The perils of the trip are daunting, but it was the nat ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent and quick read. I enjoyed all of the characters immensely. While the love between the two protagonists is evident it is also notable that the affection and bond of the entire family unit is shown. I was impressed that the author choose to highlight how vital were bonds of family on the frontier and how settlers relied upon these connections to get through hardships. The book is very well written and I will read more of this author.
Juliet Aharoni
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Any reader interested in discovering how people, in the eighteenth century, survived the horrors of a perilous journey on the way to a better world, will find this novel has it all.
After Jane and her daughters encountered Bomazeen, who had been sent to capture them for the Indian chief, Wanalanat, they travel to find both salvation from the monster, Bomazeen and fulfillment of Stephen's desire to start anew.
The journey takes the families along a path of constant dangers. Another attack by Boma
Jessica Brown
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Wilderness Trail of Love and I can't wait to start Dorothy Wiley's next book. The book is wonderfully written and kept me on the edge of my seat. It is the perfect balance of adventure, danger, romance, and excitement. Aside from being a great read, it also had some extra special meaning to me. My family came to America in the early 1600's settling in Virginia before migrating to Kentucky and Tennessee in the mid 1700's. I felt like I was reading about my own ancestors' j ...more
Maria Young
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a historical romance fan, this one has it all. The author's well-sculpted cast of characters, not only come alive, but you actually begin to care about them and want them to succeed in their journey west. Her evil characters are truly scary and her good characters are painted gloriously. There's never any dull moments in this book; it's a fun and visual read that went by too quickly. The colonial setting is fascinating and gives you an up-close, personal glimpse into the life and death ...more
Jo Barton
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in 1797, this romantic adventure takes the reader on a thrilling journey into the “brave new world” of the early American pioneers. Stephen Wylie has a thirst for land, and his search for his dream lifestyle means uprooting his wife and children from their home in New Hampshire, to travel into the wilderness of Kentucky. Their journey is fraught with danger and Stephen and his lovely wife, Jane, must face untold difficulties and heartbreak as they trek along the pioneer trail. However, it is ...more
I actually read the first 30 pages and thought the writing pretty. I could potentially read this writer's works and probably enjoy them. This book however, has parents of 4 daughters as lead characters. I know I probably wouldn't be very interested in reading about their interactions with the children so I will have to let this one pass.

I will however, check out other books in the series.
Janet Robinson
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. One of the best books I've ever read.

A must read! This is the best book I have read in a long time. Stephen and Jane's love for each other was just beautiful.

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Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Yvonne Wohlfeil
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written book. Stephen Wyllie has a dream of a better life for his family but it's in Kentucky. The journey from New Hampshire to Kentucky is long with hardships. He begins to think he made a mistake but he can't turn back now. This book will keep you interest from start to finish.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is what a book. This little read set in 1797 during the Pioneer days is full of sacrifice, action, loss, the test of love and new beginnings.

Stephen Wyllie a man of dreams and fierce determination to make a better life for his family. Four daughters and a wife, his dreams of obtaining land but having to make a dangerous insurmountable journey through the wilderness to the wilds of glorious Kentucky. His convictions are so strong he can think of nothing else but how does he convince
Romancing the Book
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Wow, what a great read and set in the historical time period that I most favor – the formation of America in Colonial times and during the Westward expansion. The story takes place in the late 1700’s and takes us from New Hampshire to Kentucky by wagon and on horseback with lots of hard travels, tears, hurt, injuries, sorrows, deaths, perseverance, life, Indians, slaves, wild animals, bad weather, fear
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dorothy Wiley is a new author for me. “Wilderness Trail of Love” is a historical fiction story of a family that leaves their New Hampshire home in 1797 to seek new land and opportunities in Kentucky. Stephen Wyllie, his beautiful wife Jane, and their four young daughters are the courageous adventurers in this story on the trail of hope.

In New Hampshire, Jane is nearly torn away from her beloved family when a half-Indian wild man, well known as a slave trader, attacks her. He has promised the be
Deborah Gafford
I was given an advance ecopy of this book for an honest review. I liked it so much that I bought the paperback version on the first day it came out!

Get ready to be totally captivated. This book has an epic feel to it that will appeal to men and women. Be prepared to laugh, cringe in fear, feel consumed with anger, cry, and finally, cheer as the characters successfully arrive in Kentucky after a harrowing and arduous thousand mile journey.

The story takes place in 1797 America shortly after the e
B.J. Scott
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent debut novel with plenty of adventure.

The lure of the new frontier beckons and New Hampshire farmer Stephen Wyllie hears the call. The question is, will his wife Jane be willing to leave the comforts of their home in the east and risk all so her husband can follow his dream to go west? In book One of Ms. Wiley's Wilderness series, she addresses the issues facing the American pioneers of 1797 as they embark on their trek to Kentucky, a journey to a land of promise and prosperity, but one
Stephen and Jane's Adventure Romance story.

In the late 1700's Stephen has a dream to go west to Kentucky for better land and adventure. Jane loves her little home with their four beautiful daughters. She is fearful to leave the comfort of her surroundings, even after a horrible thing happens to her and her family. Danger could be anywhere, places you know or new frontiers. Do they have the courage, trust and love to survive anywhere they live?

The tension in this story is so real and on every
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family moves from New Hampshire too Kentucky, 10miles a day.

Moving and gripping story of family moving to Kentucky. Father, his 3 brothers, wife and 4 girls. The young father, Stephen, had desire to do this but had not actually started the plan or discuss ed with wife Jane. Taxes larger every year made his farm barely making it. Stories of the scenic Kentucky grass land grew his desire to leave. Jane loves her 2 story brick home and family of 4 girls. Even after a horrible Indian attack on her a
Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2014
Absolutely not my cup of tea. I hate giving bad reviews, because I know that the author has bled over bringing their characters to life. But for me, this story just did not work. The plot felt rushed, and I wasn't invested in any of the characters. I was skimming by the time I hit 25%, and while I finished the book, I never found any satisfaction in it.

Cindy Sheffield
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wilderness Trail of Love

This book was so full of intriguing and dangerous turns, my heart felt every one. Every character is endearing and make you feel like they could jump off the page. Great job!
Patricia K Holt
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended Reading !

Wilderness Trail of Love is a good read that is different from the usual Historical Romance read. It tells of a great romance, true, but takes you back in what feels like real history. Though heartache and all, I felt I was there traveling beside them.
Charlene Davis
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the 4th book first

These can be stand alone book but I wished I'd read the first one first. Excellent story with non explicit sex but you do get the loving in the marriages. I'm starting second one now
Pat Christie
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love stories about the start of the U.S. This journey to the Kentucky woldb
Ernest's, has all the dangers of the time. It also has the strong value of love, family and faith.
Bonna Densmore
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

This was an exception book about our past and what our ancestors had to overcome. The author told of the horrors without being gross and wove love, naivety, and fortitude into the story. I truly enjoyed it.
Alan Philip
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read that has enough grit and actual history to attract any western lover.
Phyllis Stinson
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

This was historical fiction, romane, meaness, love, family, and Christian. They had many adventures going to Kentucky. It is a series but ended well enough.
Linda Boswell
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Linda by: it's the type of books i look for
One of the best books I have ever read. I can't wait to read the next one.
nancy garcia
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A memorable action adventure of passion and courage throughout this treacherous journey. I couldn't put this down.
A good lesson of perseverance.
Judy Hutchison
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book! It is filled with characters that I would love to have had as friends, and adventures I wish I could have shared. Very real and warm. I have already recommended it to several friends.
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Dorothy Wiley is the award-winning author of two Amazon bestselling series, the highly-acclaimed American Wilderness Series and the Wilderness Hearts Series. Wiley blends thrilling action-packed adventures with the romance of a moving love story to create exceedingly engaging page-turners. As she skillfully unravels a compelling tale, Wiley includes rich historical elements to create a vivid colon ...more

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