Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.
Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?
Great descriptions in A Christmas Prayer took me on a trip with Cynthia and her Mother has they endure a long hard wagon trip across country. They learn to live with each other as they endure hardships and dangers on the trail.
There were some great character descriptions and Cynthia learned that not everyone is as they seem up front. I personally loved the story about the old man with the cabin in the woods. It was a great reminder to care for others as much as we can.
A Christmas Prayer has a great Christian story and lesson. We might not always know why things happen but God helps understand it's for the better.
A great read!
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