Title: Prairie Song (Hearts Seeking Home #1)
Author: Mona Hodgson
Review: This is not a fast moving story, but it’s not half bad. It starts out in Missouri as a group of families are getting ready to move West. There is tension between the settlers and the wagon train captain and hands. A wedding that ….well I don’t want to spoil it for you.
It moves fast enough to keep you reading and turning the pages. This is a Christian book and has scriptures and songs read and eluded to. No sex or really much violence that wouldn’t happen on a wagon train crossing the country. The people are varied and interesting to get to know. This book keeps you focused on only a few characters, but I am sure we will get to know many more and she finishes up the series.
This book is not a bad way to spend an afternoon, or two.
Published: Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by WaterBrook Press
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most.
Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new.
During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.
Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?
Authors Information: MONA HODGSON writes historical romance fiction for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. She is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride in THE SINCLAIR SISTERS OF CRIPPLE CREEK SERIES and THE QUILTED HEART eNovella Series--Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along te Shore, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in the HEARTS SEEKING HOME SERIES. Her writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems in newspapers and magazines. One of Mona’s favorite things to do (besides writing or eating dark chocolate) is to speak at women's retreats and schools, and for women’s groups, librarians, and at writers’ conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob.