ABOUT THE BOOK
Adventure is in her blood, so when wealthy eighteen-year-old Rachel Hamilton’s treasure-hunting father disappears in the wilderness of British Columbia, she considers only one course of action: she will embark on a quest to find him. But for a well-bred woman with little understanding of the world beyond her upper-class existence, the harsh realities of the trail quickly become apparent. Woefully unprepared for the hardships of crossing a wild and unsettled continent, Rachel is hungry, lost, and distraught when handsome frontiersman Peter finds her in the middle of nowhere. Taking pity on the downtrodden young woman, Peter promises to escort her to the safety of civilization. Little does he realize he’s taking on a naïve and foolishly brave girl who will test the limits of his patience. But he also discovers the same naïve girl will blossom into a strong, competent, and captivating woman as they undertake an epic journey that will forever alter both their lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed McKendry's book Heart's Journey. It was interesting to watch Rachel grow up as she faced some pretty tough situations. And I had to admire Peter for being willing to help Rachel when she wasn't the easiest person to get a long with -- she was down right snooty at times, but considering her background that isn't too surprising. I haven't read much about the settling of Canada so I also really enjoyed the setting. And there were some great secondary characters as well that helped both Rachel and Peter along the way. The romance felt believable as Rachel and Peter had to learn to look beyond the obvious outer trappings to find the gold inside each other. Even the ending felt real and suited the rest of the story. For those who enjoy great historical stories with a touch of romance, I can heartily recommend this one.
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