When her husband Frank decides to start a fresh life elsewhere, Abigail finds herself trekking from Connecticut to the Oregon Territory in 1848. To survive, Abigail must develop the physical strength and endurance to withstand the rigors of the trail west and the mental and emotional fortitude necessary to build a new life. Through fire, flood, accidents, and deaths, Abigail finds new friendships to sustain her and the courage necessary to succeed. But Frank questions her changing attitudes and new friends, especially the leader’s son. Will the hardships of the journey forge the two tighter, or tear them apart?
First of a trilogy, Trail of Hope closes with Abigail gazing out at her new homeland, believing herself a widow, sheltering a newborn entrusted to her care. Book Two opens with Frank appearing out of nowhere, convinced the toddler at the door is proof of her infidelity. Book Three continues the story of that child and the growth of Portland and surrounding areas. Each book is able to stand by itself. More than the story of Abigail, the series probes the reasons men and women traveled west to settle and develop new cities and territories. Why did they risk hardship, illness, even death, abandoning the settled lands in the east for the unknown, especially before the 1849 gold rush?
"Forge the two tighter" doesn't make sense.
I'm a great lover of tales from the Oregon Trail. All that cinematic crapola aside, I am in awe of people who walked (walked!!) two thousand miles over unknown territory to a place they'd never seen hoping for a better life. You need only read Womens Voices from the Oregon Trail or about Abigail Scott Duniway to know this was an undertaking of terrible risk and sacrifice.
That said, you've got to give me something more than what I already know: a fresh perspective on this very very well known subject. Focus on Abigail. Why would her husband question her changing attitude? Don't make him some sort of bigoted misoyginist; women were worth their weight in gold on the Trail and men knew it.