This is a wonderful work of historical fiction. Vivid in its imagery and replete with period detail, it is a page turner of a book. I simply could not put it down! The book gives a first person narrative of what life was like on the frontier from the perspective of a young woman.
In 1865, twenty-two year old Mattie McCauley is living in a small community in Iowa with her parents, when the town catch, Luke Spenser, suddenly proposes to her. No one is more surprised than Mattie, when he does so, as she always thought he would be marrying Persia Chalmers, his longtime sweetheart. Not giving it more than a second thought, Mattie accepts his proposal, and before she knows it, finds herself headed to the Colorado Territory with her new husband.
Mattie records in her diary details of her trip by wagon train to her new home, as well as what happens once she gets there. Along the way she makes friends, learns some hard facts about her husband, as well as her marriage, and forges a life, one that reader will find to be of interest. Those who enjoy well-written historical fiction will love this utterly engaging book!