Jack Billabard, mourning the loss of his wife and baby in childbirth, vows to never to love again. After their funeral at Fort Laramie, he rides into the Wyoming hills beyond the ranch he built for his wife. Through his grieving tears, an ancient tree appears, giving him the hope he doesn’t believe is possible. For the next four years, he acts as a guide on the Oregon Trail, taking families to a new life while his looms lonely and stagnant.
The night before her abusive husband’s death, an ancient tree appears in Sarah Nickelson’s yard as she agonizes over how to survive her marriage. The tree gives her hope she can’t help but reject. After all, a tree doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. After her husband ‘s death, and with no options as a widow in Independence, Missouri, Sarah decides to travel to Oregon City as a Mail Order Bride.
During their trek west on the Oregon Trail, Jack and Sarah encounter one another, each afraid of being hurt again. Can they survive dogs and puppies, wind and rainstorms, Indians and unfavorable fellow passengers, while their love blossoms? Will the tree fulfill its promise?
Uncaged Review: Jack Billabard has lost if wife and baby from childbirth. He promised her he would never love another woman. He escapes his lost by working with his friend Sam as a guide on the Oregon Trail.
Sarah and her son finally escape her abusive husband who is now dead from a bet of riding a horse in the snow. She becomes a mail order bride and sees to head west to Oregon.
The two meet on the trail and they are instantly attracted to each other. Little known to the other the Soul Tree has visited each one. Can love blossom with these two or will another cowboy stand in the way?
Loved the story and the characters who are well developed. The Trail is not easy on Sarah but she holds her own. Then we have Horace who wants to cause problems as she is a Widower and we know how “they” are. It was nice to see Jack and Sarah slowly come to love each other and Jack adores her son as well.
A great plot and an author I would like to read again. Reviewed by Babs