Western love story set in the early 1800's, young girl moves west and finds love and adventure.
Dorothy Garlock books are always amazing
The first in the Wabash River Trilogy. Its 1811 and Liberty (a defiant young girl)runs away from New York when her Pa demands she marry a cowarderly man. Her response is never, as long as a land waits in the West where a river runs fast and a woman is free to follow her dreams.
This Wabash River series opens in 1811 while pioneers and Indians are hardening their positions and getting for war over the lands of Illinois and Indiana. Against this backdrop, a family is traveling in a Conestoga wagon away from New York State and into the contested area.
Leading the family is Liberty Perry, along with her father and sister Amy. In the wagon, Libertys husband (of convenience) is dying of a fever. Libertys father is railing against her to turn around and return home; Liberty refuses. She is running away from a man who still covets her: Stith Lenning, a mean coward who wants to marry and punish Liberty. If she returns to New York now, her father will insist that she marry the hated Stith.
At this low point, frontiersman Farr Quill happens into their lives. He has a small girl with him; he explains that he found the orphan at the scene of carnage. Eventually, Farr helps Liberty bury her husband.
The action in this book moves steadily to its dramatic conclusion. This story is woven between the lines of actual historical fact. Farr and Liberty seem well matched and work well together. The secondary characters add much to the tale and will provide further adventures in the coming books. 4.5 stars
1. Lonesome River (1987)
2. Dream River (1988)
3. River of Tomorrow (1988)
4. Yesteryear (1995)