Release Blitz + Review: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon

In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss.

The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.

But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John’s heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together.

When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi’s family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have left. Ripped apart, they can’t turn back, they can’t go on, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make terrible sacrifices to find each other, save each other, and eventually … make peace with who they are.

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**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I probably mentioned it many times, but I am going to start this review by mentioning it again. Amy Harmon is one of the most versatile authors I know. There are only a few authors I know that have jumped into trying to write other genres and hitting it out of the park. Amy Harmon is most known for her contemporary romance novels, but since then she has written multiple historical fiction novels (set in very heartbreaking times), and even a couple of fantasy novels. The moment I heard she was writing Where the Lost Wander, a historical fiction/romance set on the Oregon Trail, I was dying of excitement because I am obsessed with romance books set in this time period.

Amy Harmon knows how to pull at the heart strings, she already had me crying in the prologue. The characters in this book were absolutely amazing. I fell in love with each and everyone of them. This book was multi-layered and it felt like I was on this trip together with the characters. Even though I have read many books set in this time period, I rarely experienced it like I did with Where the Lost Wander. It was more heartbreaking, raw, and brutal. It is a love story, but also a story about family and finding your place in the world. It is about overcoming hardships and surviving the best you can. I can't even imagine what the people in those times had to go through, but this book gave me a pretty good idea. It takes so much courage to leave everything you know behind and leave for an unknown land. The people had to be resilient because death was just around the corner. There is no time to properly grief while on the trail.

Amy did not disappoint with this heartbreaking story. It was slow-paced, but I think it fit this story perfectly, because things did move slowly in that time period. It took months before people arrived at their destination. The relationship between Naomi and John was beautiful and I fell in love with both of them. Naomi was pretty brave and persistent in her pursuit of John. He really stood no chance in keeping her away. I also loved the relationships John had with Naomi's mother and brothers. This book was very emotional, and I cried a couple of times. I fully connected to the characters, so it was very difficult to say goodbye to all of them. I didn't want the story to end and I wanted to stay with them a little longer. This is another book by Amy I can add to my favorites list.

About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in seventeen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written fifteen novels - the Washington Post bestseller What the Wind Knows, the USA Today bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, The Smallest Part, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The First Girl Child, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times bestseller, A Different Blue. Her latest novel, Where the Lost Wander, a historical romance, will be released April 28, 2020 by Lake Union Publishing.

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