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In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss.
The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.
But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John’s heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together.
When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi’s family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have left. Ripped apart, they can’t turn back, they can’t go on, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make terrible sacrifices to find each other, save each other, and eventually…make peace with who they are.
Long ago there were travelers who braved the perils and triumphs of the Oregon Trail. Naomi May was one of those brave individuals. As a twenty year old, Naomi had already endured the trials in life. As a widow, Naomi knew that traveling with her family in search of a better life was far better option than staying in the Midwest. Adventures of unknown certainty called to the May family.
Nothing in the 1800s was easy. Living life between the world of the Pawnee and white man brought its own set of challenges. John Lowry devoted his life to herding the animals that provided his family the means to a better life. During his journey, John crossed paths with Naomi and the attraction was instantaneous. John was determined to help the May family navigate through the perilous hardships that would challenge even the best traveler.
Sickness and other hardships plagued the travelers as they pushed along their western path. Determination was pushing the duo to seek the life that was calling from the coast. Nothing could have prepared the May family for the tragedy that would shatter their lives. An event that would pull Naomi and John to the farthest reaches of the wilderness. Both are weighed down by the choices that will alter the course of their future. The only thing that either can focus on will be the strength that it takes to survive the hardships that still lie ahead on the trail.
Where the Lost Wander is the latest release from Amy Harmon and its focus is set on the Oregon trail. Based on a bit of fact blended with the tendrils of fiction, Harmon has managed to transport her readers into a place in history that is oftentimes forgotten. It was a time when settlers crossed paths with Indians, and illness could result in a death sentence. This journey centered around a man that was straddling the reality of two separate paths of heritage.
Never would I have imagined finding a book about the Oregon Trail fascinating. The way Harmon weaves fact and fiction into a historical novel amazes me. Each nuance of John and Naomi’s journey can be imagined as if the events were occurring in modern times. The loss and longing of this story pulled at your heart with each turn of the page. How will it all end for these two souls that were clearly destined to create a path through the perils of the trails? Only time will tell where the journey will lead, but one thing I can tell you is this book is an experience all its own. Let the words envelop you. Imagine the dusty and dangerous trail. Let your heart soar as the lost wander through the western trails.