Author is Erna M. Holyer. This is Book 1 of the Vienna Brooks Saga
A tender lover. A ruthless wilderness. Will Vienna ever see John again?
It's 1852. A weathered covered wagon crawls across the searing wilderness. Vienna Brooks, her mother, and five younger brothers desperately try to reach California before winter.
Starvation, fever, devestating storms, and the fear of hostile Indians sabotage her strength and test her faith in God. But a dream drives her on. The dream of being reunited with John, the handsome scout of another caravan whom she fell in love with on the way.
Will they survive the treacherous journey west? Will their love endure?