Lucy Haskell has a passion for danger and isn’t afraid to let everyone know it. The Oregon Trail is the perfect way for her to travel home to her father’s ranch in Wyoming, and to meet new friends and talk their ears off along the way. But Lucy’s talking and risk-taking masks a darker fear—that no one could possibly love or even like a woman as unconventional as her.
All that changes when Gideon Faraday stumbles into her life…
Dr. Gideon Faraday is a scientist: intelligent, handsome, reserved, soft-spoken… and a murderer. He’s heading west to atone for the lives he’s taken, and the last thing he wants is to make friends on the trail or to fall in love. But from the moment he sees bubbly, daring, beautiful, fearless Lucy, he’s smitten.
Gideon and Lucy can’t fight the passion that pulls them together—with scandalous consequences—but when a mysterious stranger joins their wagon train and Gideon’s life is in jeopardy, it will take all the daring Lucy possesses to keep Gideon alive.
Danger is just the beginning…
We actually met Lucy and Gideon in Trail of Redemption. Though we never found out much of their story in that particular book. And this is their story. Honestly, I wasn’t sure just how much I wanted to get to know Lucy, she was a magpie in the other story. But really she’s just an endearing lady who’s not keen on silences, so she chooses to fill them. Dr. Gideon is serious. He’s a guilty man and he’s doing all that he can to right the wrong he felt he’s done. And all Lucy can see is just how smart and amazing he is. And honest, he loves her chatter and he sees her as the most beautiful thing ever.
Their love story isn’t without its drama though. There’s someone in camp trying to do them harm and it takes a trap to figure out the culprit. We see Graham and Estelle again from Trail of Redemption. We also get to know Olivia and Charlie slightly better (we’re told the next story is theirs), and we get to see Pete (the only constant in every single one of these stories) and Josephine. Also, we see Emma and Dean from Trail of Longing (Book 3), Aiden and Kate (still my favorites so far!) from Trail of Dreams (Book 4) and Alice and Jarvis from Trail of Destiny (Book 5) there at the end. So it’s really nice to see how their stories progressed. Even if it is through a small window.
Ms. Farmer’s wagon train west is so full of life and vibrancy. I’m almost sad to see the end coming soon. But Pete Evans must be one tired man, leading all these people out to the west and watching them all in their adventures and getting together. He’s deserving of his own adventure and settling down. Maybe we will see a Haskill-ville, Wyoming series in the future? One could only hope! So would I recommend this book. I would and I will and I do. It’s steamier than the others. But not much, it’s still a little much for the teens, but it’s not graphic. It’s just perfect.
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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