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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
West of the Sunset by Paul F. Murray is a western adventure novel set in the 1850s. The story begins with an introduction to the Linders family, which includes 19-year-old Tyler, his sister Penny, and their father. They are on their way along the Oregon Trail to try to establish a homestead and settle down in Oregon. Young Tyler also has dreams of finding the right woman to share his future with him. As their journey progresses, along with 400 plus people and their wagons, Tyler and his family form friendships with the people traveling with them. Tyler is briefly attracted to two young twin sisters, but later on finds himself drawn to Rachelle and her flirtatious ways and stunning beauty. At the same time, a young woman from Austria named Angelique is attracted to Tyler and tries to get to know him. Throughout this, the group deals with the challenges, hardships, and the inevitable conflict that accompanies the journey, while appreciating the great adventure they are on. What happens as these people deal with their emotions and lives on this trail and where it takes them forms the plot of the novel.
I really enjoyed reading West of the Sunset by Paul F. Murray. I felt like I could visualize the old days and Paul has done an excellent job painting an authentic picture of those times. The characters also seem well drawn, real and believable, and each part of their journey is fascinating in itself. The writing style truly reminded me of the Old West and the sense of freedom and adventure that accompanies it. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read!