Luke and Nora Hamilton along with their daughters Amy and Nattie are now living on a ranch in Oregon. They are like many other families during the 1860’s. Hard working to survive the harshness of the west. There is one big difference between the Hamilton’s and other families that could result in the family being run out of the area or even death if it is discovered. Luke is a woman.
When mail order bride Rika arrives on the ranch to marry their foreman, Phin, life for the Hamilton’s changes in so many ways. Rika is hiding her own secret from Phin and the Hamilton’s. Luke and Nora have hidden the truth about Luke for years. Their daughter, Amy, is hiding her own secret from her family. Nattie, their youngest daughter is also hiding a secret.
What happens if all these hidden truths are revealed? Will Luke and Nora’s secret be exposed? Will Amy and Nattie reveal their secrets? Will Rika tell Phin and the Hamilton’s the truth? Will life for the Hamilton family ever be the same?
A gripping blockbuster of a western saga. Well written and the story well told. A page turner from start to finish.
Although this book is long, it still wasn’t long enough for me. I love the Hamilton family, their friends and their way of life and the time period the story is set in. Each page just sucked me further into the wild west. The fact that this western contained romance too, was just the icing on the cake for me. I would love to see at least one more book with the Hamilton’s, more if possible. Although this book is a sequel, it has enough information that you can catch up with the story without reading Backwards To Oregon first. But I would recommend you read it first or you will miss out on another wonderful book. Another one for my re-read shelf.