Summary

When life has shown you death, can you bring yourself to love again?
Eli Todd is a tall, handsome captain of a wagon train bound for Oregon. Life has taught him if he allows people into his heart, he ends up losing them.
Amelia Cruthers is a pretty, young woman with a limp. She’s a hard worker who starts out the trip to Oregon with her parents, until they try to leave her behind. In shock, she watches them cross a river by ferry without her.
Thankfully, the kind, strong Eli Todd takes her with him. Admiring her spunk and work ethic, he gives her a job cooking for the crew. After a fall from his horse, Amelia tends him and he realizes she is sweetness on earth.
Her parents demand he marry Amelia, since she spent time alone with him, nursing him. Eli figures why not? He won’t be home most of the year anyway, and Amelia could have a safe place to live on his ranch. What could possibly go wrong?
Amelia never thought to be married. She’d been told her hip was too hideous for a man to look upon and that she couldn’t have children. Knowing that she could never be a real wife, the love she begins to feel for Eli frightens her.
The distance they try to place between them doesn’t work, leaving them both hurt with longings that could never be fulfilled. But there are secrets, and when they realize they’d been lied to, do they take the leap at a lifetime to share?
©2017 Kathleen Ball (P)2018 Kathleen Ball
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4 out of 5 stars
By PATRICIA on 16-03-18

Goin' West!

Bring me back to the old west! Kathleen Ball has taken me across the country to find a new life. This installment of her Oregon Trail Dreamin' series has us get to know Eli and Amy(Amelia). Amy has had a horrible childhood, and has some handicaps. Due to her upbringing, she has very low self esteem and does not believe anyone would ever love her. When her family is packed up and ready to go west, they are led by their guide Eli. Eli is drawn to Amy, and as time goes on, he sees the mistreatment of her. When things get really bad, Eli makes a life changing decision for both of them. And as their story continues, they are faced with bigotry, racism, violence and greed. The story has a lot of controversial topics that are evident, yet not overpowering the true love story that this is.

Tom Jordan emotes this story with his smooth, soothing baritone voice. I love his cadence and ability to really bring the feelings of a story to the forefront. He made this a very enjoyable listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 13-03-18

Inspirational

Inspirational story of a man and a woman. Both have resigned to never being loved for different reasons. He became he has lost to much already. Her because she has been told all her life she was no good. But as they are push to marry. They realize that they can't live without each other. Although the Oregon trail and it's people try to split them apart, their love wins out in the end. What a truly uplifting story. That show no amount of trials will ever triumph over true love.

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