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Wagon Train Baby

(Love on the Santa Fe Trail #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  194 reviews
From an award-winning author with more than one million books sold, a new series of four heartwarming historical romances about life on the Santa Fe trail. Note: each book can be read as a stand-alone.

A life-altering betrayal leaves Donna Grace alone, unmarried, and pregnant. She’s desperate to leave St. Louis, Missouri, and return to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she grew
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Crocus Mountain Publishing
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Kellyn Roth
I read this book in a couple hours, but I wasn't a huge fan. It was just kinda ... eh. The writing style, to me, didn't seem super mature, and the novel's plot was pretty predictable (e.g. I know exactly what was gonna happen, etc.).

I kinda skim-read toward the end because I thought it was kinda boring & shallow. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, though.

But yeah, if you enjoy Christian historical romance (... which I generally do ...) and don't mind reading a book that's just for fun not for the
Dee/ bookworm
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book. I wish it was a little more in depth about the characters back rounds.
Brenda Poulos
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Worthy Love

A tender story of trust and love amid shadows of the past. I appreciate the author's use of comforting scripture and inspirational hymns. A very satisfying read.
Donna Grace Clark and Luke Russell both are headed from St. Louis, Missouri to Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Trail when Donna Grace finds she needs a man to accompany her and her sister or be left behind. She was tricked into a false marriage and left expecting a baby and wants a new start for her child.

Luke hears of her problem and offers her a fake marriage to help her and also to atone for the guilt he feels when he failed to protect the woman he loved and she was murdered.

This sets up the Wagon T
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of a rescue of a lady and her sister. Luke is truly a hero in her eyes and in the readers. He rescues this lady so she can go to Santa Fe to start her life over for her and her unborn baby. Previously she married a man, and was having his child, the problem with that marriage is he husband was already married. So now here is Donna Grace alone, unmarried and with child. She finds she can't join the wagon train without a man, husband, father, brother. So Luke steps up and offers he ...more
Nancy Glenn
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty Good Read

This was a great story about starting over and making a new life after a scoundrel (wagon train language) and a liar leave a young woman pregnant . The Wagonmaster won't allow an unaccompanied woman on the train so Donna Grace and her sister Mary are not allowed to start their journey to Santa Fe.
A fellow called Luke overhears the dilemma and helps out by suggesting they do a pretend marriage for the duration of the trip. They both have previous sad pasts and become close especi
Glenda Parker
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review today is on the Christian Historical Novel, Wagon Train Baby. This is the first book in the Love on the Santa Fe Trail Series. I have always enjoyed Linda's stories. This one is excellent. I really like marriage of convenience stories so I was excited to get it. This story is well written, heartwarming, and full of faith. I know you are going to love it.

Donna Grace Clark finds herself in a terrible situation. She had married what she thought was a good man only to find out he had lied
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing story, a father sending his two young adult daughters to Santa Fe, New Mexico on a Wagon Train alone. The older daughter is very independent, can take care of herself, her younger sister, the animals and drive the wagon, even though she is pregnant with no husband. But the wagon master will not let her join the wagon train with no man to help her. A kind gentleman on the wagon train volunteers to help her, will he marry her, a total stranger? This story gets better as you read ...more
Lillian Cummings
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you agree to his plan? Donna Grace and her younger sister are looking for a better life and now that her father won't be joining them on the trail to Santa Fe she is worried. Luke knows that he can help them she just needs to marry him so that they can continue their journey. Donna Grace really doesn't have a choice she needs to get Santa Fe before the baby comes so she agrees to his plan. Luke never wanted to get married as he lost his wife to be had been murdered and he blames himself he sh ...more
Amy Tyner
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story

Two wounded hearts must learn to forgive and trust in order to heal.
Donna Grace has been betrayed by her Grandfather and his negative words towards her and then betrayed by married man who married her but left when his wife found out. Luke once engaged to Ellen until he lost her in a horrible accident.
At the last minute Donna Grace father backs out of traveling with her and her sister on the wagon train to Santa Fe and the wagon master refuses to allow them to travel with the group.
Earlene Click
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Luke and Donna Grace

Donna Grace ,, her sister and father were going to leave with the wagon train in the morning. Her father decided that he doesn't want to go and the girls can go on to Santa Fe by themselves. The only problem being the Wagon train boss refuses to allow two single female to travel alone in his train. Like and his brother and sister are signed on the train already. He overheard their problem and offers a marriage of convenience to Donna Grace until they reach Santa Fe. They have
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a new twist on wagon train romances. The author's different approach to this and 'marriage-of-convenience' captured and held my attention. I couldn't wait to see how the whole story would unfold.
Donna Grace is an admirable heroine, striving to make the best of a terrible situation. The way her experiences shape her at the beginning of the novel and her growth throughout the tale encouraged me.
Just to let you know, there are some repetitive bits. If that kind of thing bothers
Anne Campbell
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series could be outstanding, if this Book 1 of the Love on the Santa Fe Trail series is any example. It's a historical Christian romance, and I think I need to give it five stars.

It's hard to come up with an untried variation on the romance genres. They mostly start out with girl hates guy (and vice versa) and wind up with them falling in love with each other. This one adds a baby to the picture that the guy didn't father. That can be a little ticklish. Add to the fact that both the guy and
Sarah B White
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Found on the Santa Fe Trail

Donna Grace and her sister, Mary Mae, joined a wagon train headed to Santa Fe. Donna Grace was expecting a baby, but it turned out that the man she married was actually married before he married Donna Grace and she just wanted to get away from her home before her pregnancy was noticeable. She had a grandfather in Santa Fe and wanted to stay with them until the baby came.

Donna Grace caught the attention of a young man working on the wagon train and he offered to m
Randy Tramp
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Donna Grace alone, unmarried, and pregnant leaves St. Louis, Missouri, and returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico by wagon train. The wagon master refuses to let a single woman drive a wagon without a male escort. Donna can’t trust men, but it seems she’s going to have to partner with Luke Russell. When he overhears Donna’s predicament he offers her a marriage of convenience that they will dissolve as soon they reach Santa Fe. The birth of Donna’s baby unites them in a way they can’t deny.

I felt the da
Jeanne Loidolt
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tender love blossoms under tenuous circumstances

A strong, independent woman caught in a crushing dilemma not of her own making fights to regain her honor and self esteem. The impossible task can only be accomplished with the help of a willing candidate to enter a into a pretend covenant of marriage. The saving grace in such an awkward collusion can only succeed with both individuals drawing on their individual faith and inner commitment to God. Evil comes against them from various directions as
Gail Dunham
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Linda Ford's books are always winners. This was no exception. A young woman marries a man and becomes pregnant only to find he is already married to someone else! She wants to go back to Santa Fe, the only place that she ever felt she belongs. The problem is how to get there without a man. Can't be done.
The hero steps in and offers a "marriage of convenience". He carries a boatload of guilt about not being able to protect his fiancé and vows to not let any other woman down.
The baby is supposed t
Ellen White
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Donna needs to move on with her life. A so called husband, forgetting to say he already had a wife. News came out when a baby would be coming. Her father changed his plans of joining them. When a stranger offered a pretend marriage for her. Saying it would help to have him do some of the heavier chores, and to get her and her sister settled. A courtship as they ride along the wagon train going to .Santa Fe. So much happened being taken by a man, being held in a dig out. Thinking of the words her ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A good Christian story about Donna Grace, single and pregnant, and Luke, still feeling guilty of not being able to save his fiancee. When the Trail boss refuses to take Donna Grace and her sister with them, Luke offers to marry her for the duration of the treck, only until they arrive at Santa Fe....
I did sometimes wonder about what was realistic during this narration, and where perhaps the author took some liberties for the sake of a good story...
However, a good fluent narration style, sympathe
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is difficult to present a creative plot for books of this and the mail-order-bride genres, but at least this was different, although somewhat fanciful in nature. The ongoing character development, although repetitive, explained some behavior which would be questionable regarding common sense (like taking an optional wagon train journey when very pregnant to Santa Fe leaving behind her father to seek out her surly grandfather). However, the one-in-the-million cowboy came to the rescue time and ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Convenience to Love

What kind of man offers to marry a stranger in order for her and her sister to join a wagon train going West? That would take a special kind of guy. And if that were not enough to put a man on the "kindest, most thoughtful man" list, how about the fact that the girl is also pregnant? The journey West has its struggles and dangers - swollen, impassable rivers, torrential rains, lack of food, kidnappers, long hot days, and death. This is a good book depicting the days of westw
Bruce Dinsman
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Agreeing with all three tags for this book and series. Historical and accurately recorded, Christian, both main characters have had good influencers and have memorized scripture which comes out often. A preacher and his midwife wife join the wagon train and contribute quite a bit also. I actually used a passage quoted by the preacher to finish a Daily Service blog post I was working on. And romance definitely. I won't give away the plot but suffice it to say I was rooting for them from the begin ...more
Joan Bagley
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an adventurous wholesome read, where Luke volunteered to marry Donna Grace so that she could go to Santa Fe with the Wagon Trail group. Her father lost interest in her when she became pregnant to her first husband, who, it turned out had a first wife, and left her. Luke had lost his fiance to outlaws that killed her, so they both figured loving someone causes grief. They worked through many disappointments and adventures, and Luke held true to his promise to protect her, and saved her a ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an unexpected surprise I found in this books, yes it's a Christian romance so if that's not your thing then scroll and roll. But if it doesn't bother you then you should give this book a try I hadn't read a western romance in awhile I think since "Redeeming Love" loved both Donna Grace And Luke yes it was an arranged marriage which normally I don't care for but this was different becuz if was supposed to be a short term arrangement With Luke carrying guilt from something that had happened t ...more
Dorothy Beer
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wagen Train Baby

A nice story of our earlier times. Donna Joyce had been made to feel that she was just too much trouble. First by her grandfather, then the man she married, not knowing he had a,wife already, and even her father. Luke felt unworthy of happiness after his fiance was murdered. Now pregnant and unwed, she accepted Lukes proposal of marriage to enable her and her sister to travel with the wagon train. Some unexpected events made it an interesting story. I gave it 5 stars
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable Western

I enjoyed how the people in this novel faced possibly "real" scenarios and how they faced them. In real life, people die, & things don't go according to plan. In a book I'm looking for a balance of happily ever after, & semi-real life. This book has a good balance. As a Christian I enjoyed the interwoven faith, scriptures, & messages. As a human, I enjoyed the possibility of hope after destruction. For without hope, life is a dark and dreary place. Looking forward to read
J. Florence
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good, well written, easy read book. I enjoyed it completely. Donna Grace, turned away by who she thought was her husband is pregnant. She wants to get to Santa Fe, but the Wagon master will not let her take the trip because she is single. Luke overhears the conversation and talks her into a marriage of convenients.
This turns out to be a harder trip than they think it will be. There is also suspense within the book.
Read the book to find out what all happened and find out how th
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sherry Hepner
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story, I loved it.

I really loved this book. It had everything but the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I wanted there to be more. I wanted to find out about their lives and ranch and more children but I am going to start book 2 as soon as I'm finished here so I'm excited to get started. It was so refreshing to read this book with clean romance and the love of God in this book. I believe Linda Ford is a very talented story teller and beautiful book writer and I look forwa
Diana  St
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an easy read. The story, while predictable, is told in a way that keeps you interested. I can honestly say that I liked the main characters and Ms Ford developed them in a way that showed their flaws without making them annoying. I would have liked it if she had provided a little more background on Donna Grace's dad and why he chose not to go on the trial as that part of the story seemed thrown in. ...more
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Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head—often late at night when she couldn't sleep. But she hadn't planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had four homemade children, adopted ten and lived (at times, endured) the dream.

Writing first took her to non-fiction human-interest articles for newspapers and

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