The Sister's Plight
by Patricia Lee
Series: Call of the Frontier #2
Published by Winged Publications
Publication Date July 1, 2021
Genres: Inspirational Fiction, Time Split, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Iowa, Oregon, North Carolina, The Oregon Trail Contemporary, Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865
Main Character Ages: 15-18, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Will a pair of long lost treasures recovered a continent apart pave the way for two eager hearts to find each other?
Realtor Blake Bergstrom stumbles upon an ancient barn while checking fences along a deserted property. A cursory inspection reveals a prairie schooner stored at the building’s back. He climbs into the wagon and discovers a rusted lockbox. Secreted within is a water color portrait of a young man. Whose picture could this be and why is it here?
When her mother needs her to check an abandoned cabin before the plantation where it sits is sold, Emberly Chastain uncovers her great-great-great Uncle Fred’s Bible and takes it with her. Tucked inside is a watercolor portrait of a young woman Emberly can’t place. Her uncle never married. Who can she be?
Curiosity sets Emberly on a quest to solve the mystery, a journey that will take her across the continent following a long ago wagon train. Will what she finds help her own heart mend and open the door to a new love?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Descendant's Daughter
Both happy and sad, The Sister’s Plight follows two women to Oregon. The first, Emberly, willingly traveled while attempting to solve the mystery of the portrait she found. And the second, Almira, unwillingly, traveled with her family on the Oregon Trail to their new home.
This time-split novel was done well. I enjoyed the way Almira and Fredrick’s story was woven into the modern-day narrative and the way the events in their lives intersected, though thousands of miles separated them. As in The Descendant’s Daughter, it touched on the topics of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Unlike in the first account, much of Almira’s story here told of the time spent traveling in the prairie schooner and the boredom, the trials, fears, and hopes of the young woman.
Readers who enjoy both historical and contemporary romances will enjoy the lovely The Call of the Frontier series.