- Retail Price: 13.99
- Release Date: September 2012
- Page Count: 352
- Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
- Binding: Trade
- ISBN: 978-0-7369-4871-5
- Case Lot Quantity: 40
Bestselling author Melody Carlson begins an inspiring new series of adventure and romance on the Oregon Trail.
Kentucky, 1854—Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband’s death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared—to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.
After converting three of their best wagons to prairie schooners and thoroughly outfitting them, the little party travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group’s handsome guide, Eli Kincade.
The long journey and deepening relationships challenge the travelers to their core, and Eli’s mysterious past leaves Elizabeth with more questions than answers. She knows there’s no turning back, but she wonders, What have I gotten myself into?
About This Series: The Homeward on the Oregon Trail series brings to life the challenges a young widow faces as she journeys west, settles her family in the Pacific Northwest, and helps create a new community among strong-willed and diverse pioneers.
“[Carlson] brings the Wild West alive with her writing; readers are in for a treat.”
“I was caught up in Elizabeth Martin’s story from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to go with her to Oregon!”
—Five Star Book Reviews
“…well-written with characters who are true to the times and yet easy for modern day readers to enjoy…”
“Filled with action, readers will enjoy traversing the Oregon Trail…”
—The Midwest Book Review
“Melody Carlson writes an incredible story with many varied characters…”
“I really, really like this book. The time period and the storyline are right up my alley.”
“You can tell the author spent a lot of time researching and it was very enjoyable to learn how people migrated west back then…I am looking forward to the next book in this series…”
“I enjoyed reading Westward Hearts and would recommend this to anyone who loves historical books as well as stories on the Oregon Trail. I’m looking forward to the other books in this series.”
“Sometimes a novel is so realistic that you feel like you are along for the ride. Westward Hearts was such a book for me. I felt like I made some new best friends, we had some exciting and sometimes terrifying experiences in the Wild West, and I was actually sad to reach the end of the book… It’s a good thing this is a series, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!”
“The characters were believable and I found myself empathizing with Elizabeth with each obstacle that she encountered.”
“I found the writing to be smooth, and the intriguing mix of characters to be entertaining. I felt like I learned a lot of the history…”
“The description of the trip is very well written. You can almost feel the heat and dust!”
“…great fun to read.”
“I enjoyed reading Westward Hearts and would recommend this to anyone who loves historical books as well as stories on the Oregon Trail.”
“The plot was interesting and the characters were endearing… If you love history and romance this book is one you want to read.”