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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Joann Ellen Sisco in From Gunshot to Homestead has written a story that takes the reader on a wagon trip from Tennessee to the new free lands of Oklahoma. The year is 1889 and we travel with Eben and his daughter Roberta. In Roberta’s charge is her brother’s (he has recently died) young daughter Alecia, whom she had promised to care for. Safety for the little girl has persuaded Eben to leave their home and claim a piece of land in Oklahoma. Roberta had loved Danny since she was a little girl but he left and though he promised to return for her, it has been over two years. The journey is long and there are many problems along the way: injured horses, flooding, and chicken pox, but father and daughter handle all of the life threatening situations and meet many good people along the way. Danny's circumstances became such that he is determined to find Roberta no matter how long it takes.
From Gunshot to Homestead made me feel as though as I was part of the journey. Joann Ellen Sisco's writing emotionally attached me to the characters and pulled me right into the story. I found myself reading every chance I could to cheer on Eben, Roberta and Danny. From Gunshot to Homestead is a winner and a must-read for all historical fiction, days of the early pioneers and settler’s genre fans. There was adventure, love and excitement throughout and it would make a great movie. Joann Ellen Sisco has just been added to my favorite author list and I will be looking out for her other books.