Thursday, June 11, 2015

RAINBOW'S END by Doris E. Bernhardt

Emily Larson is only seventeen when she loses her granny.  On her own now, having no other family and only a jar full of money her granny gave her, she joins up with a wagon train headed west, hoping to find her rainbow’s end.  Along the way she becomes acquainted with Jake Hardgrove, a handsome cowboy who treats her with care.  As they travel together and get to know each other better, they begin to experience strong feelings for one another.  But Emily knows that someone like Jake could never be truly interested in a country girl from Missouri, especially one who drives a wagon and uses a bullwhip.  This becomes evident when they finally reach Fort Laramie and she meets Jake's sister, who doesn't approve of her.  If only she was a proper lady.  As Emily prayerfully considers the whole situation, her life takes a very different turn when she's captured by White Feather.  Scared, alone and looking for a way of escape, she cries out to the only one who can help her.  When she finally does escape, she wonders if God is really watching, that is until her prayers are once again answered.  When a long time dream is finally fulfilled, she feels grateful to God who had brought her so far, but no matter how she tried, she couldn't forget Jake.  Where was he?  What was he doing?  Does he ever think of her?  With so many years  apart, will they ever find each other again?

What a fabulous story of God's mercy and grace.  It was a wonderful picture of how God cares for us even when situations look hopeless.  Emily was such an endearing character.  One you can truly admire for her sweet personality and her kindness to others, but also for her steadfast faith.  I loved all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom she learned from her granny that are sprinkled throughout the pages.  What a wise woman granny was.  Jake was a great hero.  I loved the way he was with Emily and how he saw not only her outer beauty but her inner beauty as well.  You'll get a taste of what life must have been like for those who traveled the Oregon Trail and the danger and hardships they experienced.  This story is fast paced and keeps you fully engaged from beginning to end.  It’s loaded with twists and turns right up to the end where the author beautifully ties everything together.  If you enjoy historical adventures, then I HIGHLY recommend you travel along with Emily (from the safety of your favorite chair) as she seeks to find her Rainbow's End. 

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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