Where The Lost Wander

Where the Lost Wander is another epic love story by Amy Harmon. Set on the Oregon Trail, this haunting journey tears families apart, while bringing people together through desolation and loss. READ THIS BOOK!

Synopsis:

Naomi May and her family set out West on the Overland Trail in 1853, headed to the Oregon Territory and the promise of a new life in California. On the trail, she forms a bond with John Lowry – a half-Pawnee man who is a stranger to both worlds. Peril awaits the wagon train, ripping apart Naomi’s family. John and Naomi will have to make choices to survive, find each other, and make peace with their true selves.

Review:

NEW FAVORITE!

Amy Harmon really knows how to write the books I love. Last year I read her novel What The Wind Knows, and was completely blown away (and then convinced my book club to read it so I could have the opportunity to read it again and talk about it some more).

Well, this novel – Where The Lost Wander – had the same effect on me. Historical fiction, suspense, family discord, trauma, and romance – my kind of recipe for a good novel. Add to that the setting: 1850s journey on the Oregon Trail. As a child, I was SO into learning about the start of our nation. And no, not the constitution or the numerous battles for independence. The actual start of this nation – the indigenous peoples. I remember doing reports on the Trail of Tears and I was so abhorred by the idea. (I realize I’m a byproduct of the people who benefitted from this atrocity, but I realized then that there was so much more to our collective histories.)

I digress…

This novel. THIS is the story that my heart was wanting all these years. Harmon envisions what the conditions were like for a white family on the Oregon Trail, aided by (and often creating trouble with) native peoples. The journey is bleak and treacherous, full of hardship, disease, and death. But some people persist for that slim chance of a better life. The human spirit is so beautiful in this novel.

I also appreciate that Harmon didn’t take a hardline approach to who was in the wrong – there were deceitful whites, helpful natives, hopeful whites, and violent natives. No one had it right, but most were just striving to have a better life.

There are real historical figures worked into the novel, so wonderfully. And a fun fact I learned is that John Lowry is a real ancestor of Amy Harmon’s husband! So amazing to create a story to imagine the life of your ancestors!

Enough from me – READ THIS BOOK! This will be the one I recommend to everyone this year!

 
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and all opinions expressed are my own.
 

Book Details

Where the Lost Wander
by Amy Harmon
Paperback, 348 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

Summary

Where the Lost Wander is another epic love story by Amy Harmon. Set on the Oregon Trail, this haunting journey tears families apart, while bringing people together through desolation and loss. READ THIS BOOK! This will be the book I tell everyone to read this year!

— Cassie
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