Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Journey of Honor Book Review

Journey of Honor by Jaclyn M Hawkes is a very enjoyable read!  From the back cover:  Disowned, she came to America anyway.  Attacked and left pregnant by a vicious mob, she still pressed on.  Finally, in spite of being accused of theft by the vilest of her attackers, Giselle tries to remain as upbeat and uncomplaining as a prairie wildflower as she travels on to Zion.  Thoroughly disillusioned with the ugliness and cruelty of slavery in the South, Trace Grayson leaves his young medical career to go west, hoping to leave bigotry and hatred behind.  He begins taking goods by teamster train to sell in the territories.  However, this fourth time across, in July of 1848, he's stuck in St. Joseph, Missouri, waiting for enough wagons to join the train so they can leave.  Knowing that if they don't start west soon, they'll be caught by snow in the mountains, Trace is thrilled when the final wagon signs on.  Then, when the beautiful, young Dutch girl traveling with the last wagon is falsely accused of stealing and is detained, the whole trip is jeopardized.  Thrown together by circumstance, Trace and Giselle team up to begin to figure out just how to make this epic journey across a continent a success.  With a deep sense of honor and an equally strong sense of humor, together they learn to deal with everything except the one trial that neither of them can overcome. 
I found the relationships discussed in this book to be very satisfying!  There is Trace and Mose (his adopted brother), Trace and Giselle, and Giselle's grandparents.  I enjoy reading about the loving family ties that really do bind!  Trace and Giselle are quite the couple.  They love each other, but are scared the other doesn't feel the same.  Pretty common when a relationship is new.  Their trials were also very common for the trail west.  I won't say what they were and kill the story for you!  I thought it strange that a doctor becomes a teamster and is so Christian that he has no problem doing all that Mormons do, without knowing about them.  Interesting.  Either way, a very enjoyable read that makes you laugh and cry.  I hope to hear more about them and maybe a book about how Mose does...  
You can buy it here!

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