By Valerie Hansen
She had made a solemn promise to determine her more youthful sister to security in California. however the unending trip around the frontier was once proving a heartbreaking attempt of braveness and persistence for religion Beal. All she needed to maintain her was once her steadfast trust in a loving God--and the guiding hand of a stranger who actually appeared heaven-sent.
Connell McClain used to be her selfless mother or father as their wagon educate slowly made its manner west. And as they shared the hazards of the trail--and the closeness of a lined wagon--Faith felt the 1st gentle stirrings of affection for this roughhewn but being concerned guy. yet might the secrets and techniques that appeared to hang-out him threaten their becoming emotions for each other?
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