Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
Updated: Jun 17
An emotional journey along the Oregon Trail
Synopsis: Traveling along the Oregon Trail in 1853 was a dangerous and difficult undertaking for all the wagon trains who dared take the journey. Naomi May and her family, guided by a half Pawnee, half white man named John Lowry will quickly discover that this journey is going to be nothing like they expected. Full of tragedy, strength, love and acceptance, this book will take you on an emotional journey across the Oregon Trail.
Amy Harmon wrote in her Author's Note, "I hope the reader will experience the story in the spirit it was written, recognizing that who we are is not who they were, and judging historical people by today's standards prevents us from learning from them, from their mistakes and their triumphs. These people helped build the framework that we now stand on. We should be careful about burning it down." I loved this and it's relevance to events happening in America today.
My Thoughts/Feelings: Amy Harmon is now on my list of favorite authors whose books I will pre-order! I previously read From Sand and Ash, which became an instant favorite and this newest book has proven to be just as fantastic!
I quickly fell in love with the May family and let me just say -- you may need tissues by your side when you read this book!!
I originally received an advanced readers copy of this book from NetGalley, so I would like to thank them and Lake Union Publishing for that copy! Soon after, Once Upon A Book Club announced their Oregon Trail hint for their May Adult box and I decided to wait and read this book when my box arrived so that I could experience Where the Lost Wander with the special OUABC twist!
"It is the suffering of love. Every parent feels it. It is the suffering of being unable to shield or save. It is not love if it doesn't hurt." ..."The pain. It's worth it. The more you love, the more it hurts. But it's worth it. It's the only thing that is."
"I'm convinced everyone is a little vile, if they are honest about it. Vile and scared and human."
"Anger feels a whole lot better than fear...But anger is useless...Useless and futile."
"We all need each other. We can all live side by side peaceably, can't we? We don't need to be exactly the same."..."Some cultures do not mix. It is like having fins but trying to live on land."..."So be a turtle."
"...But that is not the important part of the story." "What's the important part?" ..."Peace between people."
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