Review: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon


A beautiful story about life and love on the Oregon Trail.

Now, I’m not usually one to stay up too late reading. My eyes wanna close around 10:30. But when I read Where the Lost Wander, I couldn’t stop reading. I stayed up til almost 1 am anxiously flipping pages and trying to keep my tears from dropping onto them. I don’t remember the last time I read a book with so much overwhelming obstacles that had me glued to each word.

Life in a wagon train is brutal, both the land and people. But the May family set out with a train for a better life. With everything they own they are determined to make a better life from the one they are leaving behind. They knew it would be hard but they didn’t expect this.

Naomi May is a 19 yr old recent widow who is ready for a new life. She wants a family of her own so she sets out with her parents, and four brothers, for what will be a new beginning. She had no idea that traveling on this trail would change her forever. Nothing could prepare her for all the hardship and death she would surrounded by. But among that was also love.

“I worry sometimes that you will get tired of carrying all of us, John.”

“I would carry you to the ends of the earth.”

John Lowry is a man from two worlds. He’s a half Pawnee and half white man trying to balance between them both. But he had no idea when he was signing up for the trail how his life would change forever.

This story was harrowing and heartbreaking and yet so very inspiring. There were parts that had tears pouring down my face and some wishing I could reach in and hug Naomi. Honestly, the suffering was unfathomable. I don’t think I could’ve been as strong as she was. No matter what what thrown at her, she fought, even when she felt like giving up. If you read From Sand and Ash then this is right up your alley. Another story based on real people. These are types of stories I wish more writers would write. Amy Harmon will always be one of my favorites and I will always recommend her books.

~Melpomene

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Musing: Quarantine reading


How are you guys doing? Have you read anything good lately? Sorry I’ve been distant. It’s been a rough year so far. I’m not my usual crazy self.

Up here in Michigan we’ve been self quarantined for over a month now. Since my hubby is a first responder we’ve been staying home longer than most people. I’ve only left my house to shop twice. So you would think I’d have plenty of time to read. But sadly, I don’t. The stress of the world has brought me down and I find it hard to review, let alone read anything. I also have a senior who now had her year cut short and we’re missing out on all the end of the year activities. So there’s a sense of sadness in the air. But since there’s nothing we can do, we’re trying to move past it.

Because of my lack of concentration I’ve been rereading some old favorites In the midst of the ARCs I’m working my way through. I just need to not think, ya know? And I am usually one who LOVES to cry while reading, but lately I’m struggling and don’t need to added emotions. So I’m sticking with fantasy books that usually have plenty of sass and snark.

I have managed to read a few that I’ve been excited over but they take me longer than usual to finish. There are so many on my TBR but finding the time between cooking, baking and cleaning, has proven a bit difficult. But I will try to post some reviews, even if they’re short, just in case you’re looking for new books to add to your TBR.

~Melpomene

Quick review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin


A solid 4 star book that borders on the mature YA/NA line. A slow burn romance that made my heart all squishy.

I loved watching Lou and Reid together. She’s a witch that is hiding in plain sight and trying not to get caught. And Reid is a Chasseur, who’s soul job is to hunt down and kill witches. So when they’re caught in a compromising situation and forced to marry, that when things start to get crazy. She must keep her secret from Reid, but spending so much time with him definitely doesn’t make things easier.

I’ll admit for the first quarter I thought it was an okay book. I wasn’t sure about these characters. By the time I made it to the halfway mark I was sitting up and paying close attention. Some parts were kinda silly and a bit of the humor felt forced. But by the time I was done, I wish I waited til closer to the second book’s release cuz I need to know what’s gonna happen next! All in all it really was an enjoyable debut and I look forward to seeing these characters grow and how they handle the secrets that were revealed.

If you’re looking for a good mature YA/NA fantasy with witches and magic, then add this book to your TBR.

~Melpomene

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