by Carolyn Steele
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 8th 2015
by Cedar Fort Publishing
When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War uniform, she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina. The family journeys along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho. This sweeping story illuminates an oft-forgotten era in LDS Church history. Filled with life and passion, it’s a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.
Wow. I loved Soda Springs for the little known tidbits of history. Carolyn Steele wove a complete historical romance novel around a small break off group of LDS members, called the Morrisites. Leaving Salt Lake City, the characters settled in Soda Springs, Idaho. I loved the American Civil War history also overlaid in the plot. With a friendship slowly building over the stretch of many years, the romance was perfect. I am a true fan of historical fiction and there was so much to love about this book. Lots of trials and heartache to overcome, forgiveness to give and the promise of making one’s house a home.
About the Author
Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah.
Married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn loves researching obscure history then weaving it into stories. She also enjoys family dinners with her children and grandchildren, photography, travel, golf, reading, and all forms of needlework.
Oh, Heather! I was so busy cleaning house after work that I nearly missed you charming review! I love that you enjoyed the history as the main catalyst of the story. It completely captivated me as pieces previously unknown to me kept magically weaving into the story line, then turned out to be factual. Such great fun to write! Thank you for this gift that made my long day complete!