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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Freedom Reins by E.M. Spencer gives us the story of eighteen-year-old Charlotte (Charlie) Logan. Charlie has suffered more than her fair share of loss, and often felt confined by the strict rules of the nuns at the Saint Vincent orphanage where her father's friend Big Jim Mulligan took her after the death of her Pa. Now Big Jim has come to tell her he is headed west for gold. Charlie insists on going along and wants to take her friend Dusty, too. Big Jim grudgingly agrees. There are seven traveling by wagon train, but it's William (Will) Tanner that Charlie finds herself drawn to. There is someone from his past who wants revenge and they don't care who they hurt in the process.
Freedom Reins by E.M. Spencer is such a visually stimulating story that brings the characters, terrain and action to life, which made it a page-turning adventure! From the buffalo hunts Charlie's father went on to the men panning for gold, the author's descriptions made me feel as if I had stepped back in time and was watching history in the making. Well-fleshed characters drew me in from the first pages and I had to know what would ultimately happen with Charlie, who never let anything dampen her spirit or her faith in God. The story that developed between Will and Charlie was great, and I only hope that perhaps the author will give us a follow-up because I feel the characters in this story still have plenty of adventure left. A wonderfully written wild west historical adventure, filled with a bit of suspense and a splash of danger including shoot-outs, a kidnapping and Indians, that just happens to take place in Canada. It is also a coming of age story where we glimpse Charlie's grit and faith. A story that will certainly appeal to adults, but is a good clean read that would probably be enjoyed by teens that enjoy historical adventures as well!