Where The Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson

11.02.12 | Trudi Cook |

Where the Trail Ends is the story of Samantha Waldron, a brave young woman who journeys west with her father and little brother.  She proves to have the required fortitude for the challenges met on their 2000 mile trek, including avoiding the impending attack from a wolverine.  Also included is an account  of the British settlement of Fort Vancouver, an outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Alex, a young man who resents the arrival of trail-worn and starving Americans into a territory the British want to claim.

Author Melanie Dobson has described well the challenges and victories, joys and sorrows experienced by those who followed their dreams to Oregon.  As an Easterner who has been transplanted to Oregon herself, you could sense her love for her adopted home as well as her respect for the strength and determination of its early settlers.

I’ve personally read more than a few books centered around the popular theme of wagon trains headed west, including some set in Oregon.  With that experience, it was refreshing to discover details I hadn’t encountered before.  This was actually the first time I’ve read about Fort Vancouver and the British presence.  That, combined with the courage and hope of a group of pioneers provided an entertaining story.  I will look forward to reading other books in the American Tapestries™ collection, which will be highlighting “epic moments in American history.”

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.)

Christian Fiction, Copyright September 2012, ISBN 978-1-60936-685-8


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