Amanda is a spoiled girl forced to flee town under the cover of night with her father, who has borrowed too much money with no ability to repay. Under protest, she leaves all her possessions and a dashing beau. But Amanda is intent to get back to Boston, even after her father tells her that they're joining other settlers on the Oregon Trail. She holds out hope that her beau will turn up in Independence, Missouri and take her back to her creature comforts. But trail life toughens her up and she finds herself gradually forgetting him when the son of the trail boss catches her eyes.
Amanda's a fickle creature, bratty, and unlikeable. Her behavior in real life would have found her getting kicked out of the wagon train, but she eventually has an epiphany of how to be an adult after several severe hardships.
A rocky start to the Sunfire series, but the descriptions of trail life were quite interesting. I have yet to read a Sunfire that has absolutely nothing to recommend it.
I read this series in middle school! The start of my addiction to historical romance...