Book #1 of Prescott Pioneers
"Other than this brief moment, peace seemed a distant friend - the kind that never wrote."
Being ostracized by their community, Drew and Hannah cannot stay in Cincinnati. Drew is drawn to the advertisements for the Arizona Territory - a place where they could make a new start and he could be of real use as a doctor. Though his wife is less than excited about the idea, they make their plans. But the trek west is more arduous than either of them expected. And perhaps will lead down unexpected paths. Will Colter has been a rancher all his life. But when he is no longer welcome on the home ranch, he must make a new plan. Arizona is a promising prospect - if he can get there. But what kind of life will that be with no family around?
My Opinion: Although an interesting read, as someone who reads romances - this wasn't what I expected or prefer. The story was long, with a lot of reflection on spiritual things, and little focus on activity or plot. It seemed to take a long time to get anywhere. I really felt like this was two or three books instead of one, since there was a definite break in the story - first of Hannah and their trip, then secondly of Hannah and Will (with a possible third of Will alone). There was a lot of emphasis on the Christian aspect of this story as well as a lot of self-reflection. The romance was light and fairly dry in all. My favorite character was actually Drew, who worked hard to do whatever he had to do for his family. However, too much of this story was relation of historical fact, rather than a story within the historical context. Though I can see how there would be many out there that may enjoy this book - and the whole series - I wasn't a big fan.
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and opinion are 100% my own.