When Dianne Chadwick’s father is killed during an altercation in front of his store as conflict between the north and south rises, she and her mother decide to move their family to Montana. They believe it will keep their boys away from the civil war conflict. But the attempt to bring safety and security is short lived when Trenton the eldest chooses to join Confederate rebels in order to avenge his father’s death and the family’s trip by wagon train brings with it unspeakable tragedy. The love interests in this are Cole Selby a wagon train scout and Diane.
The first book sets up events to happen in the series. After reading this book I have a new appreciation for the risks people took to travel across Indian inhabited lands where they risked everything to start a new life. The descriptions of Montana make me want to see the country I have never seen. I also appreciate the fair treatment Peterson gives of the Indians (there are both good and bad). However, I didn’t find the characters as fleshed out as I would have liked which made it difficult to really feel for them. More internal monologue may have helped. Still, this Christian romance is a good story if you like prairie romances. 3 out of 5 stars.