The First In the Californians series: From the cover: The Dovovan family has taken leave of missionary work in hawaii to pay a visit to Aunt Maureen in San Francisco. As they stepp off the clipper ship onto the brick lined streets, the wind holds no hint that their lives are about to change forever. Shorly after their arrival, Mrs. Donavan contacts TB and dies, and her husband returns to hawaii to settle their affairs. Now, its up to Katlin, the oldest daughter, to hold the family together in a lawless and unfamilar land. Will the men of this restless country take advantage of her innocence? can she keep her family safe until her fathers return? Fearing the unwelcome attentions of her spoiled cousin, Katlin answers an ad for a school teacher in Santa Rosa. Taking her teenage brother and younger sister along, she embarks on a adventure that will bring them into the hearts and home of the taylor family, good christians who gladly welcome them. Grief turns to joy and innocence to maturity as Katlin lifts her heart to God for tha strength to face whaterver tomorrow brings.+
Katie faces the struggles of being on her own and the family is always saying and remembering you never know what tomorrow brings with it, so get through one day at a time.
Lori Wick is an excellent author and her books never fail to involve you in her stories. They are difficult to put down but if you do you will find them easy to pick up again and you are instantly involved again.
I loved this series. It was a simple and sweet read. Book one introduces you into the core family and the rest of the series follows up with the family members. It is a Christian book, but the religious tones don't feel forced or bombard you at every turn.