Prairie Song by Mona Hodgson is the first book in the Hearts Seeking Home series. This historical novel is set in 1866, immediately after the Civil War. Anna Goben, her mother, and her grandfather are devastated after the loss of Anna's brother in the Civil War. Anna decides that the best choice for them all is to join a wagon train and head toward California for a new start. Anna doesn't anticipate the difficulties she and her family will have as they travel West and the ways she will grow and change throughout her journey. She also isn't expecting the complication of Caleb Reger - a hand on the Boone's Lick Company Wagon Train.
I enjoyed this novel as I typically like historical fiction novels. The characters in the novel are dealing with many issues in their past as they look forward and try to begin anew. Love, loss, tragedy, and joy are all parts of their lives as they travel across the rural landscape. I feel the book does a good job of explaining and depicting what life would have been like on a journey like this one. I do feel that there are references to characters and situations from previous books, so I think reading some of the previous related books might clarify some of this information. I would definitely recommend this book if you like historical fiction novels!
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review; all opinions are my own.