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Trail of Dreams

(Hot on the Trail #4)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Katie Boyle has known Aiden Murphy her whole life. Everyone expects them to marry someday, but as much as she cares for her lifelong friend, Katie wants more from life. She craves adventure and excitement, and doesn’t want to give in to the obvious choice. Heading west along the Oregon Trail is, in her mind, the beginning of the new life she has always wanted, and she inte ...more
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published February 16th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published February 15th 2015)
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Vickie Raynor
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, unexpected twist, of a book following Trail of Longing. Although part of a series, it can stand alone. Go through the journey again from Trail of Longing, but go with Aiden and Katie. Amazing how the author takes the same story and makes it completely different with the different characters. Full of adventure and self discovery and misconceived beliefs of others. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a great romantic pioneer historical book.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute romance, nicely written. It has a little more substance than many romances, with statements about how racism is wrong and people shouldn't be forced into things (like marriages) for the wrong reasons. There's nothing in it that you wouldn't expect, though.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Anita Foster
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in Merry Farmer's 'Hot on the Trail' series and features Katie Boyle, who's a fiery redheaded Irish woman who's traveling with her family on the Oregon Trail to start a new life.

Aiden Murphy has known Katie all his life & followed her from their village of Ballymote in Ireland to America & brought his family along too just so that he can be with her, much to her annoyance.

As for Katie, her mother has always wanted her to marry Aiden since she was a little girl, but Katie h
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trail of Dreams is by Merry Farmer. It takes place on the Oregon Trail mostly within the confines of a wagon trail. The characters are well-developed and realistic. Can a young girl find her dreams on the Oregon Trail?
Katie Boyle and her family were from Ireland. They had come over the sea and now across America to settle in the West. With them was the Murphy clan with Aiden who Katie had known all her life. Emma Sutton, her mother, and Dr. Dan Meyers were picked up at a cabin along the trail.
Kathy Heare Watts

This has been a fascinating series and even thought this is a series, if you were to start reading this book, it reads well enough as a standalone. BUT, I would highly recommend reading all the books in order. We pick up where we met the group from Ireland on a wagon train to Oregon. Doctor Dean, Emma and her mother joined this group after they had stayed behind to allow Emma's leg time to recover. And as in book three, we ended with the kidnap of Emma and Katie by two
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I recieved an ARC in exchange for my honest review***

OH MY GOSH!! Merry has done it again. The series gets better and better with each book. This book follows Aiden and Katie. E has been in love with her since they were small. She, however, doesn't want to love him because that is what is expected of her.
She says she wants adventure. While talking with Emma, she states how exciting it would be to find an Indian and run off with them. That all changes when she is kidnapped by one.
Aiden hears
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first three Hot on the Trail books, written by Merry Farmer, I can honestly say that Trail of Dreams is my all time favorite. With the perfect blend of adventure and romance, this story felt like it was meant for me ( although I know that it's not). With close friendship and heroism comes a romance you will not want to miss out on.

Katie Boyle and Aiden Murphy have known each other since they were just young babes from Ireland, now they find themselves traveling along the Orego
Lynn Smith
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
received a arc copy for an honest review.

Book four in the hot on the Trail series. This book picks up with a wagon train coming by the way station where Emma and her mother along with Dr. Dean Meyers were waiting for Emma's ankle to heal. This wagon train was mostly Irish immigrants and Emma quickly becomes friends with Katie. Aiden has been in love with Katie since they were children, but she insists that she isn't in love with him. She is waiting on a hero, a man that she will have adventures
Tracy Riva
Sometimes the very thing that means the most to you is right in front of you all along only you can't see it. Such is the case for Katie Boyle, who has been followed, teased and loved by Aiden Murphy all her life. The only problem is Katie doesn't want Aiden. She wants someone brave, strong and adventurous. She's come all the way from Ireland to America to find someone like that, but more important she wants someone who will let her be independent and free. Someone who won't suffocate her like A ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in Merry Farmer's Hot on the Trail series. This is a really good series all the books can be read as standalone books too. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is Aiden and Katie's story. They have known each other all their lives. Aiden's family came from Ireland along with Katie's to start a new life in America. They are now all a part of the Oregon trail headed to an even better chance at life.

Katie wants to meet and marry a man who is a
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I looked forward to this book ever since Ms. Farmer mentioned that she was writing it at the end of the last book. I will also tell you that I’ve been dancing at the edge of my seat waiting of it. And it delivered. Oh boy, did it deliver. I love Aiden. I loved him from Dean and Emma’s story. He’s passionate, loyal, playful, flirty and positively fearless. He’s everything that a girl dreams of when she dreams of her future guy. And he loves absolutely, positively, and unrepentantly. He’s shameles ...more
Sara Archibald
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Boyle wants the adventure of a lifetime and a hero to save her. Her family leaves Ireland and decides to head west on the Oregon Train. On the trail, she meets a friend Emma whom she can talk with. While at Ft Caspar 2 Cheyenne braves abduct Katie and Emma during a dance. The Cheyenne brave Sky Bear who abducted Katie decides he wants to claim her for his wife.

Aiden Murphy has been in love with Katie Boyle his whole life. He loves her so much that he convinced his family to leave Ireland
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had to laugh at the antics of the main character, Aiden, to woo Katie over. He was relentless in getting her to admit that she loved him and wanted to be with him. But through it all he knew Katie better than she knew herself it seemed. He was caring and did things to help her and she didn’t know, she just thought he was being annoying and pestering her. I think Katie secretly enjoyed the back and forth that took place between herself and Aiden.

I liked how the
Connie Taylor
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review.

Ms Farmer has written the fourth book, Trail of Dreams, in the Hot on the Trail series. The book is very well written. The scenery is so descriptive that in the reader's mind you can smell the wook smoke or feel the stones on the ground under the bedding. The characters are well rounded and believable. The story is funny, full of action and romance.

Although this book is written as part of the series, it can be read independently and still enjoy the book.
Angie Peoples
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fourth book in the Hot on the Trail series by Merry Farmer is full of surprises, twists, and turns. The main characters are well developed from previous books but this book brings Katie and Aiden together at last in a way neither of them would have expected. Since Katie was kidnapped by a Cheyenne Indian and Aiden hot on the trail to find her, they both come to realize that after years of constant bickering and companionship, a little wild adventure is what it took to bring them together an ...more
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
I won Trail of Dreams by Merry Farmer from Goodreads.
Strong characters, fascinating settings, and a well-crafted plot combine to create a wonderful historical romance in Merry Farmer's novel, Trail of Dreams. Protagonist Katie Boyle is fiery and independent, while the male protagonist, Aiden Murphy, is steadfast with a sense of humor. All the characters in this novel are well-drawn, especially those in the Cheyenne village. Among the residents of the Cheyenne village are a wise grandfather and a
Cathy Geha
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Music can be magic and Aiden is just the man to create it on his fiddle. Aiden has loved Katie his entire life and the two, with their families, made the trip from Ireland to America and then onto a wagon train heading west when Katie is abducted by an Indian. Aiden gives chase and once again his fiddle makes magic. Katie was rather annoying in her vehement denials and putdowns of Aiden but time with the Cheyenne does her a world of good. This was a fun book that I spent the day reading. I recom ...more
Jeene Hobbs
Irish sweethearts

"From Ireland to the coast of America to the Oregon Trail to the Cheyenne village, she’d discovered that the biggest adventure possible was that of the human heart." Chapter 15.

This is a delightful novel of Irish immigrants on the Oregon Trail. Aiden and Katie grew up together with their families' expectation that they will someday marry. They banter back and forth, tease and wound each other. Until a Cheyenne brave kidnaps Katie and Aiden follows to rescue her.

This story occ
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of this series and I am always left waiting for the next. Every book in this series is different but they do make reference to the other books. They can be read as a stand alone book but I would recommend that you read them all. Aiden has been in love with Katie since they were children but she wants an adventure and space to figure out how she feels about him. She gets both when an Indian brave kidnaps her and Aiden races to saver her. I was given a copy of this book for an hone ...more
Tanya Brown
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These stories just more interesting as I read. Katie and Aiden are Irish immigrants forging the Oregon trail in a wagon train. As we found out in book 3, Emma and Katie get abducted by Indians. Aiden takes off to find his Katie. She wants a hero, an adventure and to see new ways of life. This is her chance. They have their trials living with the Cheyenne. Aiden has his magical musical box to entertain and Katie's firey red hair is just fascinating. These stories of the ordeals of the early pione ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader copy. I have read this entire series, and I have to say that Merry Farmer really did a fantastic job with this one. Trail of Dreams is my favorite book of this series. This is the story of Aidan and Katie who are traveling west with a wagon train. Aidan has always loved Katie, but she wants to find adventure and thinks that a man would try to control her. This story has many twists and turns but keeps us riveted to the page. It has romance, humor, fear, ...more
Nancy Reynolds
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #4 in the series - but still a stand-alone story if you haven't read the others. I was really anxious to read this book because I truly wanted to see how Aiden would win over his girl, Katie. The story line may sound familiar, but in the hands of Merry Farmer, the story is anything but basic. Another wonderful story that includes a wagon train heading west across America, Irish personalities, and American Indians, too. And all sorts of different kinds of excitement. You'll love this book; y ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series I have read and really enjoyed it. A lot happens in Merry Farmer's books but she is such a good writer the pace flows very smoothly. Even though it is part of a series it could be a stand alone. I would recommend reading the other books though to get more of the background. I am going to go back and read the first 2 books. The story of Katie and Aiden is very moving. Aiden knows he loves Katie but Katie doesn't know if she loves Aiden or not. I am looking fo ...more
Heather andrews
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aiden is quite the passionate man, "just a hunch,” he said. He couldn’t resist capturing her lips once more. This time he kissed her more deeply, squeezing her closer so that he could feel the length of her body along his." Katie is sassy, strong and knows how to wake her man up properly, "Katie hummed, grinding her hips against his length, and Aiden groaned before he could stop himself. Katie, his Katie, giggled. “Good morning to you too, Aiden Murphy." I liked this book not as much as the othe ...more
Miriam Rivera
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say this one was my favorite of the series, Katie and Aiden have a wonderful relationship. They tease, argue and work together everyday during the long journey on the trail. Aiden know he loves Katie and is going to fight for her, Katie wants to find herself a hero. When Katie gets kidnapped Aiden rushes after her and her capture. They embark on a wonderful adventure, one that can make her the wife of an Indian warrior looking for revenge. Aiden never gave up in his fight for her ...more
Tina Ullrich
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who have not read the other 2 books, this could be an inside to wanting to read them. You will be swept away on an adventure, daring and cunning, with highs and lows. Katie and Aiden's story is full of laughs, excitement, adventure and trials. To read how they work thru the troubles they come across with language barriers, cultures, and prejudices is amazing. This is just a wonderful story continuing from the others that you won't want to miss any of it.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merry Farmer is a fantastic writer and this book is no exception! She never fails to take a unique and well thought out approach to the story she is writing. Despite their being hundreds of books about the Oregon Trail, the Hot on the Trail Series manages to set itself apart from these other stories.

Trail of Dreams takes two often rejected groups from this era, the Plains Indians and the Irish and throws them together. What happens is a fantastic story of love and revelation.
Cindy Jones
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merry Farmer does a beautiful job of bringing Aiden and Katie to life! Katie is a fiery redhead that is looking for a knight to save her from dragons(sounds romantic!) Aiden has been by Katie's side since childhood and all he wants is to prove to her he can be that knight. Throw them in some danger and time on an Indian reservation on their way to a new life in the west and you have a book you won't be able to put down
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was exciting. I love the "Oregon Trail" storyline and I like how it ties in with the previous books and the reader gets to experience what each character is feeling. I loved the twist towards the end when Katie goes missing. I don't want to spoil it so I won't say what happens but it is a different twist in the story from the other books. I can say that I am looking forward to the other books in this series.
SD Granny
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Merry Farmer does an excellent job of writing about the times and brings you into the story of the characters. These books are excellent for enjoyment and understanding what it was like for a woman at that time of our countries history. Katie made the trip to America and she wants to experience some excitement. Her childhood friend Aiden follows her to America. Katie thinks there must be something or someone better for her.
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Merry Farmer is a bestselling, award-winning novelist who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Torpedo, her grumpy old man, and Justine, the new, feisty baby. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to ear ...more

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