For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy water.
Alex escorts Samantha and her young brother, Micah, to Fort Vancouver. There Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections, but the only one who intrigues her-Alex-is the one she cannot have. When his betrothed arrives unexpectedly from England to escort him home, Samantha becomes determined to create a home for herself and Micah in the fertile valley far away from the fort. But how will an unmarried woman support herself and her brother in the wilderness alone?
Then Micah disappears into the wilderness one rainy night, and Samantha must rely on the man she loves-the man she’s trying desperately to forget-to rescue her brother before it’s too late.
My take: When I was a kid, I played the computer game Oregon Trail at every opportunity. I almost always bought way too many supplies at the mercantile before the journey began, and my people frequently died of dysentery. But that game started my fascination for the Oregon Trail, and when I saw that an Oregon Trail book was up for review, I jumped at the chance to read it. I'm glad I did, as this has turned out to be my favorite of all the Melanie Dobson books I've read!
I absolutely devoured Where the Trail Ends, reading it from start to finish in just a few hours. It's a great historical novel with a healthy dose of romance mixed in. Samantha and Alex are both likable characters, and I didn't even mind that they didn't meet until chapter 17—their individual journeys were just as compelling as their romance. Where the Trail Ends is a book that both historical fiction lovers and romance lovers will enjoy! 4-1/2 stars.
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Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.
Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn’t writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.
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