Journey of Hope

Hardship defines Claire’s life.  Her husband, Harold, dreams of greater opportunity.  A treacherous journey lies ahead.

Journey of Hope by Melina Druga

1829. Claire Appleton experiences an arduous life filled with hard work, struggle and sacrifice in the rugged British North American wilderness. In her lifetime, she hasn’t traveled more than a few miles from her hometown.

Harold dreams of adventure and suggests uprooting their lives and traveling 900 miles in search of a better life. Content, Claire resists. 

Claire’s mind, however, changes when her drunken father-in-law threatens to the kill her family.  Getting away from him is the best thing they could do, but a journey comes with risk.  Many aspects could go wrong, and often do for travelers. 

Will the Appletons’ journey of hope end safely?  Will they achieve success?    

Druga’s attention to historical accuracy is commendable. From clothing to food preparation, language and transportation, readers will feel like they are traveling right along with Claire and her husband. Their trip is harrowing, and not without many hardships. From today’s standpoint, it really puts into perspective the hardships (both every day and particular to the Appleton’s expedition) of those who braved the unknown before us. This was a quick, enjoyable read.
Laura Quinn
Goodreads Reviewer

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