Wednesday, August 21, 2013

*A Home At Trail's End*

 A Home at Trail's End (Homeward on the Oregon Trail, #3)

In short? This is a great book!
In a sweet, wholesome way Melody Carlson has painted a picture of frontier life that we can savor and learn from through her Homeward on The Oregon Trail Series. 
The third and final book is now here (Yay!) A Home At Trail's End. 
Aside from being a happy conclusion to a satisfying set of books that would even 
make a great mother daughter read-aloud, there are several things
 I really, really appreciate about this story. 

One is the heroine herself: Elizabeth is a mother to two living children and widow who has recently come to love again. I enjoyed the depth that Elizabeth gave the book... she already had a lot of experience with trials and sadness, yet retains her joy of living. 
She has a good store of wisdom, 
much of it a gift from her godly parents (whom we get to meet!) 
She's humble, and she knows she's still on the journey of faith and life. 

Another thing that really delighted me is the homey details that let you imagine what it was like to start a farm in Oregon in the 1850's. 
Melody describes Elizabeth saving fruit pits and seeds and carefully sprouting them, 
hoping to someday transplant them to a little orchard.
We read about candling the hen's eggs, separating the eggs they can eat from the fertile ones that they need to give back to the mama hens so eggs can turn into chicks. 

Yep. A Home At Trail's End is a five-star book! 

Melody CarlsonOne book at a time. Just like so many other things in life, one step at a time, one day at a time, this writing career happened one book at a time for me. And it continues to do so.

I’m the first one to admit that it’s amazing to do what you love for a living. And I feel very blessed that I can do that. But it’s only because of you (my readers) that I’m able to write as a livelihood. The connection we have—and I experience this connection regularly through the fabulous emails and letters I receive—is what really keeps me going. I love hearing your reactions to my stories and characters, and I so appreciate you taking the time to write to me. Thank you—thank you—thank you! On the same token, I want to thank every single one of you (even the ones who don’t write to me) for reading my books. That too is part of our connection. And I hope in the next twenty years that we will continue to stay connected.
I try to keep up with the emails and letters and facebook messages, but because I’m always working on a new book, it’s very easy to get behind. Like right now...I am way behind.

 But I hope you know that as I write new books, creating new characters with new problems, I am thinking of you and I’m hoping that I’m making something you’ll enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.
Melody Carlson

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