Book: Silent Love by Barbara Gosscategories: Book, Wagon Train, Settlers, Oregon, Portland, Oregon City, Christian, Family, Obsessive Love, Historical Romance
Barbara Gossabout this book: Silent Love is a story about a young woman desperate to reach Oregon and her only living relative. Family is important to Caroline and when her friends become ill and must return to Indiana, Caroline is left without a way to reach Oregon. In order to travel on the wagon train one needs a wagon, a driver, and supplies. Caroline proposes a plan to Simon, a man making his second trip west. She offers to pose as his wife in order to get to Aunt Hattie. As it turns out this man is also in need of a cook for his three wagons and drivers so he finally agrees to her proposal with the stipulation that they remain platonic friends and that they each go their own ways once they reach Oregon.
Throughout the dangerous trek, they face many dangers including an Indian capture, thieves stealing their wagons, dangerous river crossings, and treacherous mountain climbs. Through it all, they grow fond of each other, but each is unable to express these feeling for their own reasons.
Once they arrive in Oregon, they part and Simon goes to Portland and Caroline to Oregon City. After a short time, they both realize that they should never have parted. They then begin a journey to find each other again, but it isn't as easy as it seems, and of course we have to deal with an antagonist who is obsessed with Caroline and jeopardizes their plans.
I've always been interested in the pioneers who traveled on foot across the country. They gave up so much and left it all behind for an uncertain future. The trip was dangerous and so many gave their lives for the promise of land and a future. I can't express enough respect for these brave people and I felt I owed them a tribute.
The title is what happens between Caroline and Simon, love creeps us so quietly that neither heard it coming. The moral to the story, is to always communicate to the people you love because you may never again get the chance.
I did extensive research on wagon trains, what the people had to have, what they packed, what they wore and how the cooked. It was the most fascinating study and gave me even more respect for these pioneers. I wanted my readers to know about the hardships and sacrifices these pioneers made in order to settle in the west and make it what it is today.
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