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Review | Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon

A Devastantinly Beautiful Story.

Where the Lost Wander is an astonishing story of loss and love that takes place during a train wagon journey to California in the mid-1800s.  Our thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Title: Where the Lost Wander
Author: Amy Harmon
Paperback: 347 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1542017963
ISBN-13: 978-1542017961

Book Description:
(By the Publisher)

In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss.

The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.

But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John’s heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together.

When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi’s family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have left. Ripped apart, they can’t turn back, they can’t go on, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make terrible sacrifices to find each other, save each other, and eventually…make peace with who they are.

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Where the Lost Wander feels like a slap in the face. Hurts but puts you on alert. Wakes you up. It makes you reflect on the past and find insights for the future.

The story takes place in the mid-1800s and follows The Mays, a family emigrating to California in a wagon train. 

The descriptions are outstanding! I felt like I was there every step of the way. They have an emotional aspect that illustrates without getting boring. This is a rare treat, and I enjoyed it immensely.

During this long and arduous journey, the characters are introduced and dissected. Harsh times tend to bring out people’s real dispositions, something the author used well to layer her characters.

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Naomi May, the heroine, is a force to reckon with. She is determined and brave. An artistic soul forced by circumstance to focus on the rudimentary aspects of surviving.

John Lowry, the hero, is a man divided between two worlds. Born to an Indian mother, he was raised by his white father and his wife. He struggles, but he never places himself as a victim. 

There is pain, there is loss, but there is hope, there is kindness, and there is love.

A memorable story. Highly recommended!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Warning: Death and sexual violence.

About the Author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in seventeen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

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