In 1847, Caleb "Mac" McDougall, a young Bostonian, seeks adventure on the Oregon Trail. As he passes through Missouri, he rescues Jenny Calhoun, a lonely girl in trouble.
To join a wagon train bound for Oregon, Mac and Jenny pose as a married couple. On the arduous six-month trek, they confront raging rivers, rugged mountains, and untrustworthy companions. Together, Mac and Jenny face the best and worst in themselves and in each other, while discovering the beauty and danger of the western frontier.
Fans of Lonesome Dove and True Grit will enjoy Lead Me Home—a gripping saga of courage, sacrifice, and enduring friendship.
Lead Me Home chronicles the history of a wagon train, in the 1840s, traveling toward Oregon from the Midwest. The story has well-developed characters who overcome many hardships and grow in strength as the months go by. . . . Ms. Hupp had to have spent many, many hours and days researching . . . . [T]the reader can only describe Lead Me Home as remarkable! A great read.
The rigors of covered-wagon pioneering are palpable in this excellently researched and beautifully crafted historical fiction. Readers will become deeply involved in the Mac/Jenny relationship as these two young people of vastly dissimilar backgrounds grapple with (and seek to resolve under often hostile circumstances) their respective inner torments. Lead Me Home pulled me in, held me all the way, and left me looking forward to Volume Two.
I loved this book. I felt it touched on the hardships they faced and the characters were warm and amazing. I can't wait for the next one in this series.