Rose has taken care of her family, two brothers since her parents passed away. When one of her brothers loses their home and land in a foolish gamble with the town's Mayor, in exchange for what seems to be a worthless piece of land at the other side of the country, after tragic events Rose has no choice but to go see the elephant and take the chance of travelling on the dangerous wagon trail. The journey is quite an adventure as well as avoiding Indians and dysentery, Rose finds herself trying to avoid the attention of two beaus, Cash and Boyd, when all she wants to do is find a safe place to settle.
This is my first Western book… I have ever read! Imagine that! How wonderful to finally after all this time to discover a new genre and what's more. I really enjoyed it. I like stories that have women as strong independent leading ladies and although this book is set in 1850 and most women in books of this era are usually in the background or just doing girlie things, it is great to see Rose as a feisty, young woman who knows her own mind. This is not a romance novel. This is a book filled with non-stop action and adventure. I will look forward to reading more books by D.M Harrison.