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Reviewed by Faith Farrell for Readers' Favorite
In short? This is a great book! In a sweet, wholesome way Melody Carlson has painted a picture of frontier life that we can savor and learn from through her Homeward on The Oregon Trail Series. The third and final book is now here: A Home At Trail's End. Aside from being a happy conclusion to a satisfying set of books that would even make a great mother/daughter read-aloud, there are several things I really, really appreciate about this story.
One is the heroine herself: Elizabeth is a mother to two living children and a widow who has recently come to love again. I enjoyed the depth that Elizabeth gave the book ... she already had a lot of experience with trials and sadness, yet retains her joy of living. She has a good store of wisdom, much of it a gift from her godly parents (whom we get to meet!). She's humble, and she knows she's still on the journey of faith and life.
Another thing that really delighted me is the homey details that let you imagine what it was like to start a farm in Oregon in the 1850s. Melody describes Elizabeth saving fruit pits and seeds and carefully sprouting them, hoping to someday transplant them to a little orchard. We read about candling the hen's eggs, separating the eggs they can eat from the fertile ones that they need to give back to the mama hens so eggs can turn into chicks. A Home At Trail's End is a five-star book!