Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

About the Book: A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1842 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. But whom can she trust with her heart? For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy water. Alex escorts Samantha and her young brother, Micah, to Fort Vancouver. There Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections, but the only one who intrigues her-Alex-is the one she cannot have. When his betrothed arrives unexpectedly from England to escort him home, Samantha becomes determined to create a home for herself and Micah in the fertile valley far away from the fort. But how will an unmarried woman support herself and her brother in the wilderness alone? Then Micah disappears into the wilderness one rainy night, and Samantha must rely on the man she loves-the man she’s trying desperately to forget-to rescue her brother before it’s too late. Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/e0YC2
Meet Melanie: Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside’s Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense). Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years. Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn’t writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction. Find out more about Melanie at http://www.melaniedobson.com. Dobson landing page: http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/american-tapestries-dobson Celebrate with Melanie by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

 
One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson
  • Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 17th. Winner will be announced at the American Tapestries Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Melanie Dobson and Janice Thompson for an evening of book chat, trivia and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Where the Trail Ends and  Queen of the Waves and join Melanie Dobson and Janice Thompson on the evening of the October 18th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

My Thoughts: This had a really slow start for me, which is really unusual for a Melanie Dobson book. As Samantha and Alex, along with the rest of the wagon train travel thousands of miles to get to their destination at Fort Vancouver. I could just feel their elation at finally arriving! So many lost their lives along the Oregon Trail, it was treacherous country and they were not use to the terrain. The romantic tension and suspense keeps you turning pages. There is the expected misunderstandings, and complications that come with a romance. This is a perfect fall read!

Queen of the Waves - Janice Thompson

About the book: When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Bowen hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch: she must assume Jacqueline’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women’s lives are forever changed. Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/e0YHw
Meet Janice: Award-winning author Janice Thompson, who also writes under the name Janice Hanna, has published nearly eighty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She formerly served as vice president of the Christian Authors Network and was named the 2008 Mentor of the Year by the American Christian Fiction Writers. Thompson lives in Spring, Texas, near her four grown daughters and young grandchildren. She leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends and two mischievous dachshunds. Readers can keep up with Janice Thompson by visiting janiceathompson.com, becoming a fan on Facebook or following her Twitter. Find out more about Janice at http://janicethompson.com. Thompson landing page: http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/american-tapestries-thompson Celebrate with Janice by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

 
One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson
  • Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 17th. Winner will be announced at the American Tapestries Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson for an evening of book chat, trivia and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Queen of the Waves and Where the Trail Ends and join Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson on the evening of the October 18th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

My Thoughts: The title of this book should be scheming aboard the Titanic! GRIN! I loved the pig named Countess, I was rolling with laughter reading in the opening chapter, Tess wrestling with the huge pig. Jacgueline is being "forced" to marry a man who will help her father's business, she is not interested to say the least. Her mother isn't happy about it at all. Together they come up with a scheme . . . Jacqueline will board the Titanic and go and live with her Grandmother in New York. For Jacquie this is the perfect answer, although her mother has no idea what she has up her decadent sleeve. Jacquie is in love with the gardener, Peter, and has no intentions of going to New York. Peter's younger sister, Tess has suffered at the hands of their father and he is worried about her, so when Peter comes up with the idea of his sister taking Jacquie's place, the plan is born. Jacquie teaches Tess the finer arts of being a lady, and gives her the clothes that would've been in her trousseau. Tess doesn't believe she can pull any of it off. Aboard the Titanic you feel as if you are one of the passengers. The ship comes alive through Janice's pen. You can hear the music, smell the food, feel the air on the deck. When tragedy strikes, you sense every bit of it like it's 1912 all over again. I absolutely adored this book!
 
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