By Mona Hodgson
"The First Step in s Challenging Journey is Often the One That Means the Most"
Though it meant saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlish her family in the Boone's Lick Company Wagon Train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression, and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna's commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear - or even loving someone new.
During the five month journey, trail hand Caleb Reber plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God's calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed from the beginning - independent, beautiful, and trouble. Led by a pillar of hop, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God's grace and promise of a new home?
Mona Hodgson is the author of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series and the Quilted Heart Novellas. Mona's writing credits also include nearly thirty children's books including Real Girls of the Bible: 31-Day Devotional, Bedtime in the Southwest, and the Princess Twins and the Tea Party. One of Mona's favorite things to do, besides writing or eating dark chocolate is to speak at women's retreats and conferences. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband Bob.