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The Blue Hour: A Novel

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Sometimes you get a second chance to live the life you’ve always wanted…if you’re brave enough to take the chance.

In this epic tale of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change — until the charming Samuel Todd unex
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Paperback, 559 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Mill City Press
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Blue Hour was a well-written historical romance set during pioneer times, including travel along the Oregon Trail. The characters were vividly real and easy to love (and cringe-worthy in the case of Samuel). I highly recommend this book if you enjoy character-driven historical romances, and I'm eager to read what this author writes next.

I won a copy of this book from a blog, and this was my unsolicited review.

2017 Summer Book #11
Teddy
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is 1861 and 26 year old spinster, Emily Wainwright knows that she has no chance of finding a man now. When she was younger, she was engaged to the love of her life but he dis in a accident. She is still heartbroken. However, Samuel Todd just showed up at her doorstep and asked her to go on a carriage ride with her.

Things move quickly between them and he gives her a proposition. They can get married and cross the Oregon trail to get land and become homesteaders. Emily reads about the Oregon t
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Molly
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To say this is a story about the journey west on the Oregon Trail would be too simple. To call it the "thought process" of one traveler would also be too simple. The Blue Hour is a wonderful account of one young woman's life, what lead to her departure from a comfortable existence in Springfield, Illinois, and her absolute determination to survive.

Emily Wainwright starts out smart and quick on her feet, but somewhat sheltered and naive at the same time. While some authors can fall into the trap
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Laura
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this well-written debut novel, Vicki Righettini succeeds in transporting me fully to a woman's arduous and coming-of-age journey on the Oregon Trail in the 1860s. When well-bred Emily Wainwright is not yet married at 26, she accepts Samuel Todd's proposal of marriage and a new life in Oregon. The difficult and dangerous trek (mostly done on foot), along with her married life to a man that becomes bitter and how she survives and comes out triumphant in her new life out on the frontier is what ...more
Ann Creel
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Hour is one of the finest historical novels I've ever read. You will love the author's writing and the detailed historical references. The characters are vividly portrayed, and I felt as if I knew them well. Long after I'd finished reading, I still thought about the story. It's part adventure, part love story, and part survival. Highly recommended.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I've always been fascinated with historical fiction, especially one written as a backdrop against historical facts, as in this case of the Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini as her debut novel. Yet don't let that dissuade you from venturing forth with our main strong-willed and determined female lead, Emily Wainwright, who at 26 is what society in most parts deems a spinster. Coming from a well-defined family who is financially well off, she wonders what her future will hold for her. As the book open ...more
Gayle Pace
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women, pioneers
MY THOUGHTS

I love books about the pioneers, especially the women, but this wasn't just about one of the many trips across the Oregon Trail. It was about a young woman and her dreams. She was a spinster at the young age of 26, past her time to be married. It starts with a young woman, Emily Wainwright, who lives a life of luxury in Springfield, Illinois. That changes. She has dreams of love and following her man to the ends of the earth, if that's what it took. She left the life of luxury for a l
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Elisha
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simply put and to the chase, this was one of the better historical fiction books I have read in a long while. Emily's character was different and took me a minute to figure out. She was naive and innocent yet sharp and intelligent. In the beginning of the story, it reminded me of a childhood game I loved to play" The Oregon Trail. (Can you even find the original game anymore?). Yet, this story was not so simple or just about survival and getting to the other side. this story is about survival, b ...more
Kristi
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really fascinated by the way this book was written. From the very beginning (in the prologue), you knew how the first marriage would be. I didn't expect to be reading through the whole relationship. I am so use to romance novels where we start and focus on the intended couple. I quickly realize that this is a novel about the life of a pioneer woman and the experiences she will face. It is about her growth as an individual, not about a relationship story. It was amazing to read a book with ...more
Cathy
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story

This was a wonderful story of harsh life in the old west. It kept me interested in what the characters were up to. I would highly recommend it as it was very entertaining.
Carmen
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads/ Firstreads giveaway, Thank You
The story revolves around Samuel, a scoundrel who convinces Emily, a spinster to marry and move from Springfield, Illinois to Oregon. The trip is hot, dirty and very arduous. As they travel cross country you can tell that Samuel needs Emily in order to succeed in his dream of owning land and becoming his own man. Unfortunately, Samuel doesn't love Emily and even though she tries to believe that love will come his actions reveal his
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Sally
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sally by: Vicki Righettini
Shelves: read-on-kindle
My friend, Vicki Righettini, is the author of this wonderful book, and I'm so proud of her. Her thorough research into the aspects of travel on the Oregon Trail in the 1860s translated into an engaging and thoughtful read. Reading the story of Emily, who embarks on an extremely difficult westward journey from Illinois to Oregon with her scoundrel of a husband, was difficult to put down. Her strength and determination see her through incredible difficulties and disappointments, yet her patience a ...more
Underground Book Reviews
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this book if you want to immerse yourself in the wilds of western America in the 1860s or get lost in the even denser wilderness of love and loss.

Maybe this recommendation needs to be simplified even further – read this book. It’s exhilarating to root for a character who is trying to navigate uncharted territory and make the greatest discovery of all.

Read more at UndergroundBookReviews dot org
Deb
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Hour is my favorite type of historical fiction. The kind where I learn a lot about a subject but am highly entertained by the story in the process. The information about the Oregon Trail and about the life of early settlers in Oregon was very detailed and I felt transported to another time. Wow what these women did, they were truly amazing. I can't wait to see what subject the author dives into in her next book!
Mary
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Engaging story, beautifully told. Very enjoyable to read. I learned so much about the Oregon Trail and what it took to travel it! Highly recommended.
Ashley
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
This book started out slow and kind of confused me but then it seemed to pull itself together and start to make sense. I am a fan of historical fiction so it intrigued me in that respect. The title also caught my attention. So with those two aspects I decided to give the book a try.

I am on the fence about this book. There were aspects like the plot and the characters that I absolutely loved and found no flaws with. But then there are aspects like the pace and writing style that I really struggl
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Lauren
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Mar 30, 2016
Lisa
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Hour is a gripping and emotional historical fiction book, a story of romance, the story of a woman who is deceived into marrying an abuser, the story of how she survives the relationship, and the story of how she moves on.

Emily's first true love was ripped out of her life due to a tragic accident when she was almost eighteen. Samuel Todd was the first guy she had even looked at twice since then. Unfortunately for her, she could have chosen a much better man to become attracted to.

When S
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Megan
The Blue Hour had me captivated from the first page. The story had a lot of historical details of what life was like traveling the Oregon Trail and life afterwards, but it was done in such a way that it was very enjoyable and entertaining.

Emily was a strong and very likable main character. She had many hardships to face, but the way she handled them was admirable.

I thought The Blue Hour was a great read. If you enjoy reading historical books, especially set during this period, you should give th
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Danielle Urban
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini is a historical read that will inspire many. Inside, readers will find out how women lived, what was expected of them by society, and the difficulty of marriage. Marriage is scary especially, during this time period. If stuck in a bad marriage, there was any escape. I easily connected with the main charcater. A pioneer woman. Stronger than most women I know.

The Blue Hour presents readers with the journey of one woman. Emily Wainright. She wasn't married yet but
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Rose-Marie G.
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Jan 23, 2016
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Fantastic! This will be one of my favorite "Oregon Trail" books to date (and I have read a LOT).

Ahhhhhh that's how I always feel when I finally return to a historical fiction book, especially one set in the 1800's. It's my "go to" genre, it makes me feel like I'm home. I particularly love reading about the Oregon Trail I have read several books on the subject and enjoy it every time, it never gets old for me. This is definitely one of the best I have read.

Wow, I loved Emily and Samuel
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Karen K. Rabwin
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Gmr
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Emily Wainwright's climb from small town spinster of reputable name to married pioneer woman forging a life with her own two hands by her husband's side. Emily was a sweetheart through and through, though a might stubborn which is what lands her in the situation as it is....but it is certainly not her fault. While yes, she should have listened to her elders, and perhaps taken more heed of the town gossip about her instant suitor, she was blinded by love and the chance to sta ...more
Christina
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Originally from Los Angeles, Vicki Righettini lived in Oregon for over twenty years, where she developed an abiding love of the land and the Oregon way of life. She is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright, as well as a retired singer-actress. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and the world's shyest cat. The Blue Hour is her first novel.