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Where the Lost Wander

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  69 reviews

In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss.

The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry,

Paperback, 348 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Amy Harmon
Oct 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Where the Lost Wander, an epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail is available for pre-order on Amazon in e-book, paperback, and audio.

Release date: April 28, 2020


He’s a man straddling two worlds; she’s a woman trying to keep her family alive.


Copyright Amy Harmon
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m only 37% into the book and already can tell it’s going to be a high starred read for me, maybe even my first 5 star book of the year.

Old school western romance, but absolutely beautifully written. Stunning prose, and a plot that leaves me amazed!

More to come...

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I’ve read MANY historical western romance over the years, and the plot for Where the Lost Wander isn’t unique, it’s actually a fairly typical plot about a hero that is both,
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loves, netgalley, 2019
Amy Harmon does it again and I can't even say I'm surprised. She's a dynamic writer, with each book being better than the last. Where the Lost Wander may be my new favorite of hers, and if I hadn't already made my list of favorite books for the year, this beauty would have been at the top of the list. The word that comes to mind as I reflect on this book is: rich. The writing, the storytelling, the characters, the pacing, literally every facet of the book is exquisitely done.

One of my favorite
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This sounds so AMAZING!! BUT 2020 The waiting is going to KILL me!!
Read now on Netgalley!! OMG I am starting this one as soon as I get rid of my arcs!!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it

Amy Harmon at her best! This is my 4th book by this author and I am sure of one thing after reading it - Amy Harmon can really write. Her prose is beautiful, flow of this story is well-paced and her characters are real-like and fleshed out.

Moreover, with this novel, she proves that she is great author of historical fiction. Firstly What the Wind Knows and now Where the Lost Wander. It was clear that Amy Harmon did her research well and provided detailed depiction of given historical
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every word. Beautiful writing, as always. ...more
4.5-5 stars
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GUUUUUUYYYYSSSSS!!! I haven't read it yet, but all books by Harmon sensei are AMYZING, like you could pick a paragraph at random and the writing would be AWESOMETACULAR

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APRIL 28TH 2020
I rarely read historical, but it's Harmon sensei so I can't wait.!!

You haven't read Harmon sensei yet?? What are you waiting for!!!

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Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"He’s a man straddling two worlds; she’s a woman trying to keep her family alive."

Plain and simple, straight to the point: This book was STUNNING. Absolutely 100% stunning. All of it. Every single page. Every single word.

While reading Where the Lost Wander, Amy broke my heart. Absolutely shattered it. But when it was all said and done, she healed me so completely in a way that only she can-- a beautiful way. Not only that but Amy has such a way with creating worlds and settings and bringing them
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Full review to come closer to the publishing date!

A huge thank you to Lake Union Publishing for this copy. It was such a harsh but wonderful story!
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Oct 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: oregon
APRIL 2020 - is when WtLW is releasing and I'm so excited.

I have a shelf dedicated to books that take place or mention my home state of OREGON!! And since this book is set on the Oregon Trail I couldn't be happier.

When we hear the words - The Oregon Trail I'm sure most of us think of the computer game where everyone always seemed to die from dysentery. Here's hoping these characters fair better.


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200 days till release, but who's counting.
AC Book Blog
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Gets better and better ... <3 One of my favorite historical romance.

Where the Lost Wander is a historical romance - a love story between John and Naomi during their trek toward the west. It depicts the hardship, sacrifice, fear, and death the people face along the way. Naomi is a widower and John is half white and half Pawnee. They are an unlikely pair, but they bonded and fell in love through all the adversity. There is a lot going in this book than a love story to really
Beth McCraw
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply a beautiful read!! Heartbreaking and lovely ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: content, history
Oh man this is a hard review to write. You must know 2 things about me before I let you know how I feel about this book. I love Amy Harmon. Her writing touches me deeply and I love to escape into good fiction not reality. My favorite books of hers are the ones where there is a magical element even if it is contemporary. This was very raw and real, the writing was beautiful and heart wrenching, but I almost put this book down I didn't want to read anymore. It just was too much. This review will ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon is an excellent, gripping, and emotional historical fiction that tells of the hardships and events that took place in the 1850s with the trips made out west to find opportunities for men and families alike.
Ms Harmon does an excellent job in depicting the landscapes, the locations, and the emotions of the characters involved. She definitely has a talent to paint a picture that is completely immersive and draws the reader so deep it is as if one is actually
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Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Where the Lost Wander. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.
Author: Amy Harmon
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction
Pub Date: April 28, 2020
Minni Mouse
Aug 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-soon, arc
New Amy Harmon alert! New Amy Harmon historical fiction alert!
The lady in Red
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Where The Lost wander by Amy Harmon was a book that was exceptional in a way that many today are not. She is a talented author with many great books under her belt and where the Lost wander is no exception.


the story is set in the mid 1800 with the center stage being Naomi and John who are travelling to California to caption on the rush. The prologue instantly caught me and had me wanted to turn the pages to see how its gonna give me a ending. Like any good books things got good before they got
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-best-reads
My face hurts! Sigh. Sob. Sigh. Sob. Whelp.

I finished this epic tale late last night and I have dreamed the Wild West, the Oregon trail all night. I’ve had a theme tune on repeat in my head, probably from a 70s tv show.

I loved it!

Amy Harmon writes with such cinematography that I could hear the noise of the cartwheels as the beleaguered travellers followed the trail to the land of their dreams.

The May family are centre stage with their wagon loaded with all of their possessions. Naomi May is
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where the Lost Wander is about the journey to the West on Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s and the hardships people faced. We meet Naomi May who is traveling with her family and John Lowry, a man who is half white and half Pawnee. John's story especially touched me. He is a man straddling both worlds, but not belonging to either one. Naomi and John take turns narrating the story. I especially enjoyed reading about the different Native American tribes; the author did a good job writing about them. ...more
NiCoLeTa E.
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

What a stunning book! In WHERE THE LOST WANDER, Amy Harmon delivers a story of unwavering love, heartbreaking loss, dangerous excitement, and realistic struggle in the background of the Oregon Trail in the 1850s. Naomi May, recently widowed, is traveling west with her family. On the trail, she forms a unique connection with John Lowry, who is half-Pawnee and half-white.

I loved both Naomi and John. Harmon excels at alternating POV chapters, and I felt that I got to know both
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebooks, arc
I was so excited to read this book. I wanted so badly to love it. I've seen nothing but great reviews. I'm so happy for Amy Harmon in that regard. She's such a beautiful human.

I hate having to say it wasn't for me. I've recently gotten into historical fiction and love it. This book, however, was so slow for almost the entire book. I kept thinking, HOPING, it would pick up. It just barely did towards the end. I'm left teetering here in the middle. The writing was good as always with Amy Harmon
Danna Kleisner
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
Thank you to the Publisher for my advanced copy of the book via NetGalley – This book is not for the faint hearted. Amy Harmon has captured the historical accuracy true to the time set in the 1850’s. The research that would have been done before this story was put together is phenomenal.

This beautiful and descriptive story starts with a horrific and shocking prologue.

We are then introduced to the May family who are about to embark on a journey across the Oregon Trail travelling in a wagon train
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another superb read from Amy Harmon. I have such a hard time writing reviews for her books because I am often speechless by the end of them and I know that nothing I can say can possibly do her words justice. I love so many things about her writing. The details she gives. The research she must do in order to write historical books like this. How well developed her characters always are, even her side characters. How clearly I can picture every setting in my head as I read. I did not expect that ...more
cupcakes and bookshelves
Life and its struggles, magically retold in this epic historical romance. Amy made me feel every emotion possible in this unique tale. It stole my heart and mind from beginning to end. An amazing way to end my 2019 reading journey, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.
4.5 Stars

*ARC kindly given in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much*
Bonnye Reed
Dec 03, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
pub date April 28, 2020
Lake Union Publishing
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a hard book to read.

At first, I could feel a connection to the main characters or to the setting. That historical period is not one of my favorites, but Amy Harmon does it justice.

Written in first person POV from both characters' views, and in present tense, the narration is at times gritty. In addition, the pivotal moment opens the story, which created a tension in me, knowing it was coming up, but not knowing when or why.

I liked the interaction between John and Naomi, her family
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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good ...more