This is the second in the series Sisters of the Porcelain Doll but can be read as a stand alone.
Four friends make a pact to stay in touch as they get married and go their ways. Heather places a ribbon inside a doll as her part of the vow. Heather, after the death of her mother and a quick marriage to Riley, sets out for Oregon by wagon in 1847.
This book shows the many hardships of early settlers and how faith sustained them. It showcases how friends care and support each other. There are two worthy heroes, each lending strength to Heather as she struggles with all life has to send her. My favorite part was the lumber camp and how the rough woodsmen protected Heather and Liza, the camp cooks. The author pens a dastardly villain, the kind you hope gets his "just desserts".
If you are looking for a historical romance with danger along with the fun, look no farther.
*I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a clear faith thread
Life rips away hope and sweeps her along…until she finds a future worth fighting for.
On the day her mother passes away, Heather Keeton weds a neighbor who promises to provide for her. They journey along the Oregon Trail, but tragedy strikes again. Widowed, alone, and far from home in Oregon Territory, Heather needs work. But where? She determines to use her cooking and baking skills at a logging camp to earn enough to remain independent and, eventually, reach her Porcelain Doll sister, Rebecca.
Land surveyor Zeke Bradley misses being part of a family. A surprise inheritance might open the way for him to settle down and begin a courtship, but he tries to come to the aid of an injured man only to be accused of murder. One wrong move, and he could unjustly swing by his neck from a rope. He flees and hides in a logging camp, waiting for his name to be cleared.
Nothing comes easy at Camp 13 Logging Company, where the work is hard and hazardous. Heather hopes to move on soon, and Zeke longs to be free from his worries. Can these two survivors learn to trust each other before their pasts destroy their future?