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Trail of Hope

(Hot on the Trail #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Callie Lewis is alone on the Oregon Trail. After her brother’s death, she has been left to fend for herself on a journey she never wanted to take. Her only hope for safety and a life at the end of the road is to become a trail bride and wed grieving widower John Rye. But John is harboring secrets that could end their hasty marriage before it has a chance to begin.

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Published November 24th 2014 by Merry Farmer
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Ivana Azap Feješ
* received ARC in exchange for honest review

I am not a writer, I leave that to those that are talented with words. But I will try to explain why I liked this story.

This is a story about John Rye and Callie Lewis.
John is a grieving widower.
Callie is alone on the Oregon Trail.
I am very happy for not missing the second book in Merry Farmer's new series.
Both Callie and John have been hit by grief and due to circumstances find themselves together and pushing forward.
We don't realize how hard life was
Yossra kerkeb
Arc provided in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book A LOT better than the first one. Both characters were very relatable to me, especially the heroine. Their relationship was meaningful and well written and the love scenes were HOT!
I will definitely be continuing with this series. Recommended to fans of western romanceç
Jacky Faber
The reason I gave this novel 1 star is because of the heroine, Callie. What a woos! This woman had absolutely no backbone. On the Oregon trail with her brother and his family from Pennsylvania, her brother, wife, and his son catch a fever and die. Callie is left all on her own. Because she is such a woos, she thinks she needs protection, someone to take care of her so she marries John Rye, a recent widower.

I can't stand women who are complainers and can't stand up for themselves. All Callie did
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Callie's brother, sister-in-law and nephew die on the trail, she is prompted to marry and do so quickly. A single girl with no protection is in danger on a wagon train. A quick glance around and a visit or two convince her that John Rye is her best hope. But John is a widower, still in love with his dead wife. And he's keeping terrible secrets.

This was a great story, watching John and Callie become friends and learning to care for each other. A tornado brings clear thinking to John and thi
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Callie was travelling west by wagon, she was with her family. Two weeks before they left Independence, Missouri; her brother, his wife and baby came down with high fevers. They didn't make it very far, her family passed away. Now she was all alone on a wagon train going where she didn't want to go. Going west was her brother's dream, not hers. What was she to do now?

John Rye was a sad soul, just having lost his wife six months
Glaidene Ramsey
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Western Romance

This book was funny in the end and sad in the beginning . The Bride and groom met on a wagon train. The rest of the story you will enjoy reading I did!!!
Mikola Fuhrman
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

A wonderful story with great characters. Callie and John both suffered heartache. But do they overcome it to find love? Only one way to find out. This one is going on my list to be revisited again later.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the story.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice but predictable.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 star read. I liked this one much more than the previous book.
Larcie Fitzmorris
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read,

A great little story, wonderful way to relax on a Saturday afternoon.. the characters hidden feelings for each other .
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are returning once more to the women from the 'Hot On the Trail' series; with Merry Farmer's second installment, Trail of Hope. Full of mischief, an occasional natural disaster, the pain of loss, and then finding hope somewhere you thought you would never find it.

Our story begins with a young woman named Callie Lewis, who you might remember from Trail of Kisses if you had the pleasure of reading it ( if you haven't, I would highly suggest you stop reading this and indulge in Trail of Kisses
Amber Marks
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
Once again the author brings to life the rugged wild west so vividly that i swear i could almost hear the rolling of the wagon wheels as they made their way across the dusty plains. The descriptive detail expertly conveys the life of that time, the hardships that the pioneers endured on their seemingly endless journey, and the propriety that should be maintained between men and women of that era. The characters on the trail are wonderfully
Robin Reynolds / October Woman
*I received this book from Badass Marketing for review*

Towards the end of TRAIL OF KISSES, the heroine, Lynne, saw her friend Callie and her husband John jump on a horse and go chasing after three other members of the wagon train. Lynne and Cade continued on their journey, wondering where the others were going, but leaving it to the trail master and his search party to find them.

TRAIL OF HOPE rewinds time and puts us back on the trail with the wagon train, when Callie was driving her brother's
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trail of Hope is by Merry Farmer. This is book two of the series, Hot on the Trail, is about three young girls on a wagon train going to Denver and Oregon. It left Missouri in 1863. This story begins in Kansas Territory in 1863. This book is about Callie Lewis.
Callie Lewis did not want to come on this wagon train. She was not a pioneer in any sense. She wanted her brother, Greg, to turn around and stay in Missouri. However, Greg wanted to leave the war-torn North and start anew in Oregon. Becau
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this western romance.

It is the story of Callie and John Rye. Callie is traveling west by wagon train with her brother and his family, at her brother's insistence. She loves and depends on her brother but he is the only reason she is traveling west. Unfortunately, her brother and his family take ill and die at the beginning of the story.

Now Callie is on her own with no idea how she will make it. Others suggest she take a husband and she chooses John Rye, a quiet, thoughtful wido
Anita Foster
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Callysta 'Callie' Lewis was travelling on the trail with her brother Greg, his wife Rebecca & son Jeremy to Oregon which had been a dream of his.
During their travels Rebecca & Jeremy get sick & die & so does Greg eventually, but on his last breath said to her “Find love, Callie. Find love like I did. Find… hope.”
Callie as a woman alone on the trail is advised by others to seek out a man for her own safety to marry.
The only eligible men are Elton Finch & widower John Rye. She

Standalone in a series.

John and Callie’s story begins in Trail of Kisses #1 a book I didn't enjoy as much as I did this one.

Callie had never expected to find herself alone and bereft on the Oregon Trail but that is exactly what happened when she lost her brother, sister-in-law and nephew to fever so soon into the trip. A woman of practical means the suggestion of marrying for security on the trail and beyond wasn’t one she could afford to ignore. She’s not letting the grass grow under her feet s
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wagon train of new settlers and miners class on the trail.

A experienced trail master puts to Heather a wagon trail from Missouri to Colorado. New family settlers and rowdy miners don't mix well. Sallie 24 is traveling with her brother, wife and child. She soon finds herself alone as beaver takes her family's life's. Unacceptable to travel on along she is advised to pick husband of the many single men. Many are willing as her brothers wagon is carrying very good goods to start a business with. Sh
Lynn Smith
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Trail of Hope is the second book in the Hot on the Trail series. Can be read as a stand alone. But it does follow the same wagon train as the first book. In this one Callie had lost her brother and his family to fever. Alone now on the wagon train, leaves her in danger from other men. After a suggestion for her to marry she gives it some thought. Only being two men that fit that bill she as to make a choice. John Rye who is still struggling
Jeene Hobbs
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A romance of ordinary people

I was asked to read this series in exchange for honest reviews.

This story occurs in parallel to the one in book 1, but from Callie and John's point of view.

Before anyone takes me to task that the people on the Oregon Trail were anything but ordinary, Callie and John Rye aren't "beautiful people". They aren't especially handsome or beautiful. John has money but nobody knows that. They are average everyday people taking a great journey in their lives. Not too many rom
This is the second book I've read of Ms Farmer's and once again, it didn't disappoint. The second book of the Hot on the Trail, this continues the story of 3 different women traveling on the Oregon Trail. I thought it a unique twist on a storyline that I've read - but enjoy enough to return to again (and again). There were many hazards traveling west...among them death. In this case Callie is left - a woman alone - traveling west due to the deaths of her family members. It seems a wise idea to m ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
This is book 2 of the Hot on the Trail series. We have people from the first book but this story focuses on Callie Lewis and John Rye. Although this is a series, you could read this as a stand alone story. Callie never wanted to move west, it was her brother's dream, and 2 weeks into the trip, Greg, his wife and their son die. A single woman on the wagon train without protection is unacceptable and dangerous. She is advised to marry one of the single men to continue on. John Rye is in a stupor, ...more
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
I thought the book was good the only thing that keeps me from saying great is it was A LOT of repetition in the first part of the book from the first book in the series. It was like I was reading the first book in a slightly different perspective. This could have been the intent of the author however it was to repetitive for me.

This story seemed to be a little livelier and did not seem boring as the first book did to me. I liked that even though the circumstances “forced” the couple together qu
Tracy Riva
John Rye is mourning his wife Shannon who died in childbirth when he agrees to marry Callie Lewis after the death of her brother, and his family, leaves her alone and unprotected on the trail.
Still, John is determined to end his life and join his beloved Shannon. He vows he'll take care of his new wife after they arrive in Denver City, but nothing, including a new wife, is going to change his plans.
Callie knows her new husband doesn't love her, but when she learns of his first failed suicide att
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callie Lewis joins her brother's family on the Oregon trail, against her best judgment. After all, he is her only family. Unfortunately, her brother, Greg, his wife Rebecca & son Jeremy catch the fever and pass away. Callie is left alone with no one to guide her on.

John Rye is a widower, who has lost his wife & son. He agrees to marry Callie and guide her to Colorado with him to help run a general store. John is buried deep in grief and wishes he would have died with his wife. His only g
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, romance
Callie is left alone on the trail after her bother and his family pass away. She needs a protector to finish the trip. She narrows it down to two men. She finally makes her choice with is John Rye a widower. Just 6 months before his wife and son passed away. They help each other in their grief and they marry.

Callie knows John still thinks of his wife and but wants more as she has started to fall for him. Crazy things start to happen on the trail and John protest Callie from the miners and a so
Tanya Brown
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first read of Merry Farmer's work. Outstanding!! No confusion, no getting bored with this story. I read it all in one sitting. Merry does an excellent job taking us back to the days of pioneers traveling in a wagon train. Just the first few pages had me about in tears.I knew then that this book was going to be a keeper. I haven't read this genre in awhile and it felt good to be transported back to the early days of our ancestors. Times were tough, men & women had to be tougher. To find lo ...more
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