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Title: Where the Lost Wander
Author: Amy Harmon
Length: 343 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss.
The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.
But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John’s heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together.
When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi’s family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have left. Ripped apart, they can’t turn back, they can’t go on, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make terrible sacrifices to find each other, save each other, and eventually…make peace with who they are.
How and when I got it:
I received an ARC through NetGalley when the book was released last year.
Why I want to read it:
I do love historical fiction, and I love discovering books that present a piece of history that I haven’t read in fictional form before. Like every other American schoolchild, I learned about the Oregon Trail, but honestly, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the computer game, not actual history.
The synopsis of Where the Lost Wander makes it sound like a personal story of love and family set during an important historical period. I’m just as interested in the story now as I was when I first requested the ARC — the only reason I haven’t read it yet is that I’m (as always) too swamped by my towering to-be-read stack of books.
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22 thoughts on “Shelf Control #263: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon”
I’m pretty sure it’s on my TBR list 🙂
Maybe one of us will read it soon!
This looks familiar. The cover definitely has a lost and wandering feel!
I agree — the cover really sets the mood!
I’ve read a YA about the Oregon Trail, maybe it was a Rae Carson book? Anyway, I love the wild west setting, and this sounds like it has some good emotional drama.
I tend to really like western settings too. I’m going to have to look for that YA book!
I loved WHERE THE LOST WANDER when I read it. I have pioneer ancestors who traveled both the Mormon Trail and the Oregon Trail, so I’m always interested in these kinds of stories. I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it!
Oh, how cool that you can trace your family back to those times! So glad to hear you loved the book!
This is on my TBR shelf, too. *sigh* I REALLY want to get to it, too.
I”m hoping to read it soon! Just too many books on my reading schedule… I’m always falling behind.
I would definitely read this one. It sounds so interesting. 🙂
Thanks for commenting! I’m feeling re-energized about reading this!
Ha, I 100% also think of the computer game too (which was amazing) but it would be interesting to learn some actual history. I wonder if there’s any dysentery? hahaha
All I remember about the game is dying pretty much instantly every time I played!
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Thanks for sharing!
I have no idea how long this has been on my TBR list☹️
Maybe we’ll both get to it at some point soon! 🙂
Yes, would definitely read this book. It’s on my TBR too, except that it’s on the longer side, so I’ve been putting it off for a while…
I definitely do want to read it — just somehow haven’t been in the mood quite yet. Hopefully soon…
Ooh this sounds like it could be a really poignant read. I hope it’s good when you get around to it.
Thanks! I’m looking forward to it!