Ms. McAdoo creates a realistic setting that takes the reader across the plain on a real and gritty journey, giving a glimpse of what it might have been like to have drive a wagon across Texas in the 1800's. The journey is fraught with dissention and delay.
Henry Buckmeyer is an unsuspecting hero. He's just going about his work when Susannah Baylor approaches him with a job offer to drive her cotton across the Texas prairie. He accepts, not because he needs the money, but because he knows she can't do it alone. But she questions his every decision along the way.
Susannah has 2 wagons loaded with 500lbs. of cotton, four mules, a precious 9 year old daughter, Rebecca, and a sometimes difficult 14 year old nephew, Levi. She's been a widow for the last 10 years, and has learned the hard way that a woman has to be tough to survive in Texas on her own. One of the things I admired most about Susannah was her commitment to her vow never to remarry without her father's approval, because behind it was a commitment to her Heavenly Father and to following His statutes.
One of my favorite characters ended up being Blue Dog, Henry's dog who quickly becomes Becky's constant companion.
Overall this was a well written western adventure, with glimpses of humor and fantastic characters that you can cheer for. Levi has his one sort of story in the midst of everything, and I liked reading about how he grew from a boy to a young man full of promise and responsibility. Definitely a novel that I would heartily recommend.
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