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'Destroying all the things you hate won’t change any of that. Hating never fixed anything.'
___ Amy Harmon, Where the Lost Wander
Two different people, from totally different worlds; a very special bonding; and a long, difficult journey.
Where The Lost Wander is a historical romance (set in 1853-1858) but it's also about family, your roots. A beautiful and heartbreaking tale of love, grit and survival.
This my first book by the author and I really like the writing style. There are some lovely, thoughtful quotes in the book. The main protagonists are interesting: I loved Naomi's confidence and sass, the strength and hesitation of John. Even the secondary characters are nice and convincing ___I particularly liked Winifred, so wise and understanding. Totally understandable anger of Elmeda, curiosity of Webb. Then there's Jennie, Hanabi, Narcissa, Charlie, Washakie, Lost Woman... ...there are so many characters (I'm not a fan of too many characters in a book), but they all their own quality and importance. And most fascinating thing is that (as the author mentioned in her note) many of them are real people.
The romance is endearing. I loved their conversations.
The only thing that bothered me was that the story seem to meander, at times. There are several incidents that didn't interest me. I won't call them uninteresting, but I didn't enjoy reading them. Overall, a good read.
This book was nice and easy to read with likeable characters. Great descriptions of life on the Oregon trail.... which is why I wanted to read this book. I may try another from the same author as I enjoyed it.
I also think it is suitable for young teens as there wasn’t inappropriate language or sex. I appreciate that! It’s hard to find engaging books I can recommend to my young teenage daughter as so many have unnecessary ‘scenes’ or bad language. This is a clean book but still has exciting drama and love.
I also read the epilogue and was grateful for the words written by the author about the hardships these folk endured and about how we shouldn’t judge those from the past by our standards as they lived completely different lives to ours. Something people today should take note of.
Where the lost wander is another epic story by Amy Harmon. It is beautifully written, the characters are so compelling that I was stressed about them all they way through the book. I wish I had the words to describe this book but suffice it to say that you will never ever be sorry you picked an Amy Harmon story to read. She is world class.
I'd recommend this as a quick read for those who enjoy classic historical romances - boy meets girl, but something (different cultures, plus a couple of thousand miles of American West) is standing in their way. At times I felt like it was straying a little bit into some heavy-handed Native American stereotypes (think scalpings, unprovoked attacks on white travellers, very little of the broader historical context of the time) which was a bit uncomfortable to read, but from the author's note at the end I can see it's based on her family's experiences, so I guess she knows better than me. It's not a particularly happy read if you're looking for something fluffy, but if that's your thing I'd recommend it!
This is the first I’ve read by this author, and I finished it in two nights (always a good sign!) Thoroughly convincing backdrop, characters who were believable and a bit different, and a story which reflected a fascinating place and period with authenticity. I’ll definitely be seeking out her other titles.
This is the third Amy Harmon novel I've read, and they've all been completely different, and all been great reads, which says a lot about her writing. Part wagon train road-trip (trail-trip?) on the 1850's Oregon trail, part slow-burn love story, Where the Lost Wander succeeds on both counts. It's told in alternating first person between Naomi, a young widow, and John, a young mixed-race mule breeder. It's an adventure of peril, sacrifice, love and loss told in Harmon's smart and beautiful style, following the band of hopeful settlers as they trek across hostile lands to start a new life. Native Americans feature strongly in the story, and Harmon does a great job of showing their many faces - not that I'm an expert, but I liked the way Harmon handled it. Things start off fairly slowly as we get to know the characters and the wagon train gets going, but Harmon ensures we keep engaged as events unfold through the defining moments of the book. Another winner.
I loved this book. The interweaving of different cultures and characters throughout the story kept me enthralled to the very end. Beautiful writing style that makes the story just flow like one of the streams in the landscape of the Indian world. I will read more of this author's work. A pleasure and a joy for readers. If