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This is the first book in the Finding Home Series:
Cry of the West: Hallie
Rescue on the Rio: Lilah
Missouri Challenge: Daisy

Recently widowed Hallie Wells is facing hard times. The sudden demise of her husband after selling their farm and just about everything they owned to travel west on the Oregon Trail, has left her stranded with an eight year old son. Dare she ask Cooper Jerome, recently returned from the War of the States, if he would put his life on hold for, say, five months to drive her wagon; and that doesn't include his return trip. At this point, she's out of options.

Cooper Jerome's life has been anything but easy. Guilt from his part in the War of the States and failures from his life before the war, plague is conscience. When Mrs. Wells asks him to drive her oxen to Oregon, his first inclination is to decline. However, one look at her boy, who reminds him of another boy, pulls on his heart string until his only option is to help the widow make the several months crossing. Will the journey becomes his catalyst for change?

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    Another Great Read from Verna Clay!

    Another great romantic historical western by Verna Clay with a wagon train of pioneers going from St. Louis, Mo to Willamette Valley in Oregon during the spring of 1866 as the colorful background. Newly widowed mother Hallie Wells hires former Union soldier and new farmer Cooper Jerome to accompany and protect her and her 8year old son Timmy on the journey to Oregon. Ms. Clay's story telling is so engaging and descriptive that you are there in the moment with the wagon train pioneers as they make the arduous and sometimes deadly journey to a new land and a new life. I found myself fully invested in the trials and tribulations, the joys and sorrows, the laughter and tears of the secondary characters as well as the main characters of this thoroughly satisfying western saga. This is the first title in the Cry of the West series, but there are no cliffhangers and it can be read as a stand alone.


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