The Pilgrim’s Way, a devout religious community in Pennsylvania, decides to accept the government’s offer of free land in the West. Knowing little of the Oregon Trail, the pioneers pray for guidance and are led to engage a crew of rough ex-convicts to help them across dangerous 1850s America. Beautiful and strong-willed Charity Morgan is the first in the community to meet the ex-convicts, including their handsome leader Casey Tremayne.
Heavy doses of romance, danger and prayer are what drive this mismatched group on their way to Oregon. All conflict in Angel Train is quickly and predictably resolved, and although the suspense surrounding the romances is more drawn out, there are no surprises. The writing is simple, almost clunky, but perhaps that was Morris’s intention. I was often reminded of Genesis: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Still, Angel Train is a fun, upbeat story. The good characters are likeable and realistic; the bad guys are not wholly bad, and God is available to redeem their souls. Readers of Christian historical fiction will find much to like in this story of a community whose faith and prayer lead them to a happy ending.