A Home at Trail’s End by Melody Carlson


A Home at Trail’s End by Melody Carlson

Published: 2013

Publisher: Harvest House

Series: Homeward on the Oregon Trail(Book 3)

Goodreads Summary: Elizabeth Martin and her two children have finally reached the Oregon Country. But Eli Kincade, the wagon train scout who captured her heart, has chosen to continue life on the trail. As other pioneer families begin building new homes, Elizabeth has never felt more alone.
However, when Eli unexpectedly returns, confesses his love, and proposes, Elizabeth accepts with her family’s blessing.
A community begins to take shape, but not without growing pains. As an alternative to the local minister’s fiery sermons, Elizabeth’s father begins to preach at home, raising the ire of some. Racial biases arise against Brady, Elizabeth’s African-American hired hand. Eli’s warm sentiments toward Indians also raises concerns.
Can Elizabeth and her family overcome these differences and begin a legacy of reconciliation and love?

     After all those months on the Oregon Trail Elizabeth has finally reached her new home. The end of book two finds Eli has returned and asks Elizabeth to marry him. Elizabeth starts to plan her wedding as well as help her family and friends settle into their new way of life.

What I liked: This book was a good wrap up for the series. It was interesting to see how people would adjust and settle into a new home. There was also okay plot about a Indian lady being accepted by the whites. It was nice to see a happy ending for all the characters after the long trip out west.

What I did not like: The one complaint I had with the first two books remains with this one as well. I would have loved to have Eli be a first person voice in this book not just Elizabeth. It would have made this a much better book over all. As much as I liked this story it just is missing a little more depth and adding another first person character telling their story would have helped a lot.

     Overall I liked this book and it was well written and closed out the series well.

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     This was a fun series about life on the Oregon Trail. I liked how it started from the family deciding to make the trip west, the time on the trail and also the family settling into life in Oregon. The family was very likeable and fun to read about. The only drawback for me was that Elizabeth told the whole story. The books would have been 5 stars had there been at least one more character telling it in 1st person. Just felt like it was missing something at times. Overall a good series and one I recommend.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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