Wednesday, July 24, 2013

: Whispers on the Prairie

Title:  Whispers on the Prairie (Pioneer Promises Series Vol. 1)
Author:  Vicki McDonough
Pages:  272
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Whitaker House
                Sarah Marshall is the lead character in a story that has elements of faith, romance and twists and turns in the plot.  Sarah has been raised in her uncle and aunt’s home in Chicago, never feeling loved by the uncle.  All Sarah knew was responsibility.  Were it not for her loving relationship with her sickly aunt and helping at an orphanage, Sarah would have felt empty.
                In the spur of the moment decision, her uncle decides they are all moving west to open a watch making shop where few other watchmakers set up business.  During the time in a town to purchase their needs for travel with a wagon train, Sarah is again disappointed when her dreams of returning to Chicago are not able to become reality.
                In the home of the Harper family, who runs a stage stop, Sarah glimpses what life must be like with a large loving family working together in harmony.  Yet there is more to this family than meets the eye and Sarah is sad when their wagon train leaves the Harper’s home.  Now, even though all Sarah’s hopes and plans haven’t come together, she is about to be thrust into a situation that holds nothing but a bleak future in her eyes.
                It was very enjoyable to read such a faith-filled story that points the way to live daily is by placing everything in God’s hands.  Whether walking in grief, not sure what decision to make or even learning to trust that God will make everything work for good is very foundational to the plot.  Learning to let go of past mistakes in order to see what future God has planned for a couple of the characters is a reminder to the reader, though it certainly is not easy walking by faith and not by sight.  In the story, sometimes in causing temporary pain in being truthful with ourselves or someone else, God brings such comfort to the characters whether speaking the truth or hearing it.
                There is a sneak preview in the sequel at the end of trail in Whispers on the Prairie.  I found myself losing track of time the more pages I was turning because I wanted to see how the story was going to end.  I also enjoyed the truth that we need to have relationship with the Lord as well as how we can be an encourager to people.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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