Where the Lost Wander was the surprise book in the May 2020 Once Upon a Book Club subscription box. It was the first time I tried this bookish subscription box. Scroll on to find out what I thought of the book and the subscription itself.
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Review & Thoughts
Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
Where the Lost Wander was well-written, heart-wrenching and kept you on the edge of your seat, but I’m not a big fan of historical fiction.
The story hit on real issues that people faced during the 1850’s on the Oregon Trail. It was kind of fun to read a book about that time because I grew up loving the Oregon Trail computer game. However, it was also really sad and filled with despair, disease, elements, anger, and battle. It definitely hit on important issues but it wasn’t a book that I personally enjoyed.
I prefer to read for entertainment or to learn something new. I certainly learned a bit about that time period but I didn’t find it enjoyable and wouldn’t personally recommend this book unless you LOVE historical fiction and books that are a bit depressing.
In a Nutshell: Historical fiction novel based in the 1850’s on the Oregon Trail. Filled with adventure but also a bit on the depressing side.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Once Upon a Book Club Subscription Box
I received a paperback copy of Where the Lost Wander as part of the May 2020 subscription box. I signed up for a one-month subscription to give it a try because I kept hearing rave reviews. It was so much fun to receive gifts that made the book come to life. I liked two of the four gifts that accompanied the book and enjoyed that they truly tied into the book. However, two of the four gifts were super disappointing and overall I didn’t feel like it was a good value for the box’s high price point.
My Rating of the Subscription Box: 3 / 5 Stars
Details From the Book Jacket
Published: April 28th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss.
The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.
But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John’s heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together.
When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi’s family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have left. Ripped apart, they can’t turn back, they can’t go on, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make terrible sacrifices to find each other, save each other, and eventually… make peace with who they are.
Books by Amy Harmon