Series: Wagon's West #1
Published by Bantam Books on January 1st 1979
Genres: historical fiction, western
Source: the library
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In 1837, a fiery young widow, Claudia Humphries, and a bold wagon master, Sam Brentwood, discover that it is their destiny to command the first leg of the remarkable journey to Independence, Missouri. Traveling under secret orders from President Andrew Jackson, Brentwood's task is to win a desperate race against England and Russia in order to bring the promised land of the Pacific Northwest under the American flag.
My parents read – most – of this series when they were being published regularly, and I read a ton of them back in the day, too. I’m rereading the series, as far as I feel the urge to anyway.
It’s cornily written, extremely sexist – but of course, the west was sexist! the plot on the light side, but I can’t help but read it all the same. Looking forward to reading more.