On foot, on horseback, in covered wagons and mule carts they came, traversing treacherous rivers and wild plains in search of the Promised Land, drawn ever westward by the promise of the new American frontier.
Katherine Carlyle, a desperate woman with a violent past, leaves behind the graves of her family and the only home she has ever known in search of a new life. An unwanted passenger on a westward bound flatboat, she is forced into the role of hero when catastrophe strikes and only she has the skill - and the courage - to lead a band of women and children through the wilderness to safety.
Byrd Kincaid, trapper, trader, adventurer and river pilot, is interested in only one thing: survival. His chances of survival are cut in half the minute he hooks up with Katherine Carlyle's ragtag band of refugees, but he knows he has no choice. Together Katherine and Byrd must overcome fire, flood and the vicious vengeance of evil men before claiming their destiny: a dynasty that will tame a wild land and build a civilization.
©1992 Donna Ball Inc and Shannon Harper (P)2014 Blue Merle Publishing
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Pacing and narration. I was anticipating sentimentality and a bit of sappiness--in fact, that's what I was looking for-- but ths story moves SO slowly it's painful. Feelings are dwelt on, and dwelt on, and repeated, and dwelt on some more, interspersed with occasional actual happenings. And once things get going, there are only women and children in the story for some time--and they chose a male narrator who can't do a credible female voice to save his life? With the main protagonist being a woman? What on earth were they thinking?
Pick up the pace, put in more action, and have a woman do the narration.
Maybe Margaret Fenton? Or Donna Tratt? Not sure either of them be right for it either, but either would be better than Joe Smith.
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