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I loved this story of a small family venturing out from Missouri on the Oregon Trail in 1893 to Colorado. I enjoyed the character development of Ronald Franklin and his wife Saffron and son John. You felt you knew them personally. The explanations on how a family in 1893 would choose a farmstead , and what tools, foods, furniture they would need to survive their first winter there in Colorado was fascinating . Then the emotional trauma to the family when Ronald loses his leg was so clearly conveyed by the author that one felt they were present with the family through this trial. Great job Mr Cook.
I just finished this book and enjoyed it very much. I have read all Mr Cook’s books and have enjoyed each one. It’s been nice to follow the characters from book to book. They have become like extended family members.