Trail of Destiny Book 5 Hot on the Trail series – Merry Farmer

trail of destiny

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own. You can read my reviews for books 3 here and 4 here.


Young widow, Alice Porter, never thought she would fall in love again, and that her family’s journey along the Oregon Trail was the end of her story. Rugged militiaman, Jarvis Flint, never thought he would fall in love in the first place, even though he is determined to be a man of honor and to do his duty. But sometimes the things you never think will happen are the ones that hit you when you aren’t looking.

When a routine rest along the trail turns into an opportunity to stop a land war between feuding brother and sister ranch owners, Alice finds herself draw into an adventure her grieving heart isn’t prepared for. More than an adventure, as she and Jarvis work together to resolve the siblings’ dispute, they find themselves battling a passion that neither can deny. In competition with each other and with themselves, they fight to uncover a love that is worth sacrificing for and a life after heartbreak.

Only love has the power to heal hearts and mend fences….

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level – Hot

My Thoughts

We met Alice Porter in Trail of Longing. She’s Emma’s sister. She was still deeply mourning the loss of her husband to the Civil War almost a year before. And while Emma was having her adventures with her doctor, Alice was having some adventures of her own. She came into Fort Bridger with her Dad, and ended up staying because he was ill. She caught the eye of Militiaman Jarvis Flint. Poor young Jarvis fell hard for the young widow, but she wasn’t ready for the romance he was offering, but one thing he had in spades, patience. Turns out, there was a land dispute nearby and the two of them head off to see if they could get the owners to come to some understanding. All while coming to an understanding all their own.

I’ll be honest, in Trail of Longing, I was not a fan of Alice. I felt bad for her, but I felt she allowed herself to wallow and caused undue hardship on her sister that wasn’t necessary. It was refreshing to see in this book that she recognized that in herself and didn’t like it, and worked hard the rest of the time. She definitely came into her own. And boy did she do it in a spectacular fashion. I thought she was going to burn the barn down. THIS woman knows what she wants and goes for it! Jarvis is a good man. He is helpful and he is always seeking the best possible solution. And he has patience. Which is a good thing. I really enjoyed the ease that he brings to Alice. And I really enjoy that she brings the sense of pride in Jarvis.

Ms. Farmer still doesn’t disappoint in this continuation of her Hot on the Trail series. We’re tying several books together by the end of this one. She says there’s more to come, and I trust that they’ll be just as funny and full of life as these first books have been. So, would I recommend the book? Of course I would. I would warn that the few scenes are steamy, but not vulgar.

About the Author

Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

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