Fall 1862 — Following her husband’s tragic death, young widow Abby Butterfield Browett’s first responsibility is to her son. Her desire to provide a secure future for her child has led her to accept a proposal of marriage from Isaac, a man twice her age. In her heart, she knows that Isaac lacks the fire and zest for life that defines Abby, but her son will be cared for. Can she be happy with only that?
Despite her reservations, Abby joins her fiancé on the journey to the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, unprepared for the challenges that begin soon after they embark. When their trouble turns dangerous, it is a group of rough frontiersmen that come to their aid. The incident provides Abby the excuse she needs to turn back and postpone the wedding—and in truth, she simply can’t forget the connection she felt with Scooter, the leader of their rescuers. But as hostilities arise between the local Indians and the white frontiersmen, Abby’s focus turns again to the safety of her son. When the young boy disappears following an attack, Abby disregards propriety and turns not to her fiancé for help, but to Scooter. In the face of unimaginable odds, the pair embarks on a quest to find Abby’s son, a journey that will test their courage and faith as never before . . .
|Published||Covenant Communications (January 7, 2016)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Aubrey Warner|
|Runtime||Unabridged 8 Hrs.|
I've read a lot of books about the Mormon pioneers but this one stood out to me. Abby and Scooter come from such different places it was interesting watching as they got to know each other. The additional story lines involving relationships with the Shoshoni and other First/Native Nations groups as well as Abby adopted Shoshoni son added depth to the story. It was hard to know who to sympathize with, the Shoshoni whose land was being settled or he settlers who just wanted a place to call home. It's clear that both good and bad, even tragic decisions were made that had a huge impact on the area. The author has obviously done his research. Having lived in Cache Valley for much of my life I found the setting and history particularly interesting. It reminded me that despite living here there's still a lot about the place I don't know. This is the sort of historical fiction that I enjoy the most, both interesting and entertaining.