A Home at Trail’s End

Written by Melody Carlson
Review by Nancy J. Attwell

This third book in the Homeward on the Oregon Trail series continues, without introduction, the story of Elizabeth Martin, a young widow with two children who traveled with her extended family on a wagon train to the Oregon Country. When this novel begins, in the autumn of 1857, Elizabeth is living with her children in a tent on her property near the CoquilleRiver. Her fiancé, Eli Kincade, a scout she met on the overland journey, is racing to finish building their new home before the rainy season begins.

Eli’s first wife was an Indian, a secret that Elizabeth holds close lest Eli face criticism from their neighbors. When she encounters a young Indian woman with a child, Elizabeth must decide just how much she is willing to risk in order to help the pair. Very little action occurs in this story beyond the small misadventures of everyday life in a pioneer community, but those readers who have enjoyed the earlier books in this inspirational series will be pleased to follow Elizabeth and Eli through to their wedding and beyond.