Title: Along The Way Home
Author: Christi Corbett
Genre: Historical Western Romance*
Story Setting: 1843; begins in Charlottesville, Virginia with a trek across county taking more than 6 months to Oregon City, Oregon
Published By: Astraea press (June 10, 2013)
A breathtaking account of courage and adventure along the Oregon Trail. Travel this dangerous journey with characters you will treasure as they cope with heart-wrenching difficulties they never thought to encounter in a search to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Christi Corbett’s debut novel, Along the Way Home, will both surprise and delight.
Jillian Kent, author of The Ravensmoore Chronicles
In Along the Way Home, author Christi Corbett unfurls an unforgettable epic romance inside of an epic Western adventure. Beautifully crafted, this debut novel is a tender journey of the heart as well as a treacherous journey of many miles. Along the Way Home is a squeaky-clean historical romance with authentic period details and deep emotion. Much danger, risk, courage and compassion will make you long for more books from this talented author. As heartwarming as Christy.
Eve Paludan, author of Taking Back Tara (Ranch Lovers Romance series)
Map and pictures of life on The Oregon Trail
About The Author: Christi lives in a small town in Oregon with her husband and their twin children. The home’s location holds a special place in her writing life; it stands just six hundred feet from the original Applegate Trail and the view from her back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond. (Pulled from author page on Amazon)
About The Story: Katharine Davis, better known as Kate, a young independent woman brought up with every convenience and luxury was soon to find herself on a journey out of Charlottesville, Virginia to The Oregon Territories. Her mother died 10 years earlier leaving her father to teach her survival skills, along with skills necessary to run a business. Kate’s father had a dream to start fresh in the west and Kate didn’t want to disappoint him.
Consequently, he hired a guide, Jake Fitzpatrick, who’d been over the trail many times and understood the perils of travel. It was late in the season and they were unable to attach themselves to a group of travelers. This would be Jake’s last trip. He wanted a life in the Oregon Territory and this last trip would provide him the means to obtain land and cattle. Knowing the dangers of the trip he demanded that they listen to all he told them and react immediately to his directions. It could be a matter of life and death. Kate did not like to be told what to do.
From its beginning, the journey was a battle of wills between Jake and Kate. Jake tried every way to have her turn back. She was not the kind of woman who could survive the trip or one who could thrive if she even arrived. But Kate’s tenacity and stubbornness did her in good stead.
Through the difficult and trying journey, Kate learned who she was and what she wanted after experiencing greater dangers and sorrow than she ever had. Jake learned Kate had intelligence and quick thinking, with an inner-strength necessary in women destined for the west. He also found his heart could trust again.
My Thoughts: I’m from Oregon and have heard about The Oregon Trail when I was young. I believe I’ve read a novel or two with the backdrop of covered wagons going west. This well-written story was very poignant and deeply moving. The historical implications were up most in my mind as I read. The hardship and the length of the journey I felt as I read. I was able to feel Katie’s sorrow and strength through the telling. This is Christi Corbett’s first debut novel. She has done an outstanding job with the imagery.
The story of Katie and her family was one that happened over and over on The Oregon Trail. Can you imagine how brave these people were? Men, women and children were at the peril of the climatic conditions, falling ill, getting injured, exposure and danger to predators and either travelling alone with higher risks or be part of a community that one could place little trust.
Christi Corbett has written a wonderful testimony of the people who wanted more in their lives and were willing to sacrifice much to obtain it. A lovely book all around – sweet romance, adventure and honor are all a part of it.