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June 27, 2013

PRAIRIE SONG by Mona Hodgson

    TO BE RELEASED IN AUGUST  2013                                                 

                                                            4 STARS 



A NOVEL, HEARTS SEEKING HOME, PART 1                     

by Mona Hodgson



The first step in a challenging journey is often the one

Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her.
Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new. 

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?
Anna had suddenly decided to marry Boney and she was having the jitters.  Cold feet, perhaps?  She wondered if that was something all women felt when they were getting ready to wed.  She had a void in her heart ever since her brother died over a year and a half ago.  She didn't feel alright.  Nothing seemed right to her anymore. She wasn't about to postpone the wedding just because she had the jitters. Anna's Mutter's heart was set on this wedding.  Anna wished she'd never mentioned Boney's surprise proposal and her refusal.  She wanted to postpone the wedding but how could she with a  parlor full of guests?  She just couldn't disappoint everyone.  She just couldn't disappoint Boney.
She was just past 18 and really hadn't expected to marry ever.Ever since Dedrick, her brother died she had to take care of her Mutter and GroBvater.  After the wedding she and her family would be with a caravan of wagons leaving St. Charles.This was her home since she was just a little girl.  She had lived there for twelve years.  She kept all this to herself as she continued  preparing herself for the wedding.

She had been friends with Boney for years before he left for the war. He had been Dedrick's best friend.
After Boney came back from the war, she had  shared many conversations about memories and what it had done to everyone. On one visit, he thought Anna deserved better, someone to take care of her. That's when he proposed.  She had a problem with marriage.  It hadn't been a god event for her parents.  It didn't last long.

She loved Boney. Everyone loved Boney. The problem was, did she love him as a beau or did she love him like a brother? Will she marry him or shy away at the last minute?  Everything hangs on her decision at the last moment.   I would recommend this book to everyone.  It has great descriptive details of the characters and the scenes.  It's a love story. A love for a brother and a love for a beau. You won't want to miss her decision, the possible caravan travel and her learning to let go.  I believe it was beautifully written.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

The cover was gorgeous, 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of PRAIRIE SONG by Mona Hodgson, from WaterbrookMultnomah Publishing, Blogging For Books for this unbiased review.

About the Author

Mona Hodgson is the author of Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series and The Quilted Heart Novellas. Mona's writing credits also include nearly thirty children's books, including Real Girls of the Bible: A Devotional, Bedtime in the Southwest, and The Princess Twins and the Tea Party. One of Mona's favorite things to do, besides writing or eating dark chocolate, is to speak at women's retreats and conferences. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob.

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