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Widow Caroline Milburn realizes there’s nothing left for her St. Charles. With confirmation that her husband died in the Civil War after waiting years for word, she realizes she can’t remain living with her sister, her sister’s abusive husband, and their children. RipplesAlongtheShore

There’s a wagon train heading West, being led by Garrett Colishaw. Caroline feels that’s where her destiny waits. California needs teachers, and the widow feels called to reclaim her former career.

The wagon train- and former soldier Garret Colishaw,- however, won’t take single women. Caroline is determined to go. Can she claim her destiny?

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This is another novella in The Quilted Hearts series. If you’ve read the last one, Bending Toward the Sun, you’re familiar with the main characters in this title.

Here’s my beef: yes, it’s a novella. Yes, it’s a series. But finish a storyline within the novella! The storyline could be really good. But it’s not. I think it’s because it’s a novella.

Each one of these I’ve read could have been really good as full-length novels. These, though, just stink. The characters aren’t adequately developed, even after reading more than one part of the series, and the story lines have no meat to them. They COULD be really good.

I don’t know if this is the publisher or the author, but I really wish they’d just stop. Or finish a whole story within the novella.

And, there are too many characters and too many storylines going on for a novella. Ironically, one little snippet about another friend going west got resolved, with basically no character development or actual back story to the characters.

I was sorely disappointed in the ending. I hoped something substantial would happen, but it never did. Boo.

I have to give this 2 stars, and that’s being generous. Write something real, for goodness sakes! Make it worth the effort to read the novella!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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