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Caroline Pierce O'Leary expects to work hard to earn her passage to the Oregon Country. She doesn't expect to find that the wagon train scout is a man with whom she shares a troubled past. Though Caroline is a Christian now, thanks to her late husband, she finds forgiving Michael to be the hardest part of her journey, harder even than the Trail.
Michael Moriarty thought he'd left his past behind in "green and hurting Ireland." Seeing Caroline on his wagon train, brings his past to the forefront. With a price on his head, he doesn't want her to get hurt, but he can't deny what they were...and could still be.
Michael once betrayed Caroline in the worst possible way. Can she trust him to get her across the Oregon Trail? Can he trust himself to accept her forgiveness and God’s?
Authentic picture of life on the trail. Bailey offers readers of inspirational romantic historical fiction a bittersweet picture gleaned from stories, journals, biographies, and photos of cross country travelers venturing west from Missouri in the mid nineteenth century.
There’s a lot going on in this mite of a story—longer than a novella but shorter than typical. A widow on her last half-bag of flour sells her farm and joins a wagon train to Oregon Country, only to find one of the leaders is a former lover with a price on his head. Complicating the picture is a hardened young woman running from the sex slave industry. All these issues come to a head after a several-months’ journey fraught with ill-will, ill-preparedness, illness, accidents and death. It was a perilous adventure that sometimes worked out and often didn’t.
Having recently visited several of the sites from Bailey’s story, I was fascinated and pleased at the depth and quality of her research and story. The tragedies
Wow life on the Oregon Trail was a lot more than what travellers expected. As we come to know the main characters in this story we find ourselves caring for them, crying with them over the trials that happen as we traverse the different land conditions they must travel through. When I started this book I thought it was going to be a romance but thank goodness it was so much more. Our main characters not only have the difficulties of the trail but they are also running from the difficulties of their past lives. It ended up that everything I enjoy in a book was in this one. It is a Christian book so there was no profanity or inappropriate intimacy. The characters learned to put their trust in God without preaching simply by the life they lived. There was suspense, action, mystery and romance what more is there to want...
I would like to thank the pelican group for giving me a free download of this book. I have freely reviewed this book with my own opinion.
Cyndi - PBG Booklover
Westward Hope by Kathleen D. Bailey is the story of traveling across the country from Missouri to Oregon. New friendships are made and broken, some broken by death others by opinions. Caroline O’Leary is at the end of her rope so to speak. She lost her husband to disease and had to sell the farm. She is broke and decides to hire on as a cook for the wagon master and his scout for the trip to Oregon. She soon learns the scout is a man from her past. Michael Moriarty has a past and is being chased by two men from Ireland where he is accused of committing a crime. Both are hoping for a new life in the west. Will they also find a new relationship with each other or will their regrets and unforgiveness hinder them?
Enjoyed this story and found it to be a fresh look on the journey west. The main characters were well developed and I felt bad when something happened to one of them. While Caroline is a strong believer in God and Michael is not the issue of believing is handled in a very nice