“Father!” Tessa jumped off the porch, skipping the four steps and landing with her bare feet on the dusty cobbles, making a soft thud. She raced toward the man silhouetted by the flames. “Father, what are you doing?” She whispered her shout as loudly as she dared, fearful of waking the rest of her family. “Stop!”
“Go back inside,” he hissed at her, scarcely turning his head in her direction as he tossed a jacket into the fire.
“Your uniform . . .” She gasped in horror. Flames consumed the gray woolen coat and trousers. “Why?”
When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Confederate uniform, she has no idea that his secret torment will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina. In 1865, her family treks along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho, a town settled by a group of exiled Mormons. For Tessa to find happiness in her future, she must learn to forgive and grow from the hurt and hardships in her past.This sweeping story illuminates an oft-forgotten era in LDS Church history and highlights the history of Soda Springs, Idaho--referred to by early travelers as "an oasis on the Oregon Trail." Filled with drama, humor, and enduring love, it's a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.
I was almost late getting my kids to school as I just wanted to keep reading, it is one of those page-turning books. I loved the pace of the book, the story moved along nicely but it pulled back just enough making me want to keep reading to hurry and find out what happens next.
As I read, I found myself transported back in time and wondered what life would really be like living as a pioneer. I love the honest feel to the story, everything doesn't work out perfectly and it feels real. It is a clean historical romance that will leave you smiling.
I definitely recommend this book.
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