Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review Tour: The Trail to Love by Tina Susedik

The Trail to Love
by Tina Susedik


GENRE:   Historical Romance



Jack Billabard, mourning the loss of his wife and baby in childbirth, vows to never to love again. After
their funeral at Fort Laramie, he rides into the Wyoming hills beyond the ranch he built for his wife.
Through his grieving tears, an ancient tree appears, giving him the hope he doesn't believe is possible.
For the next four years, he acts as a guide on the Oregon Trail, taking families to a new life while his
looms lonely and stagnant.

The night before her abusive husband’s death, an ancient tree appears in Sarah Nickelson's yard as
she agonizes over how to survive her marriage. The tree gives her hope she can’t help but reject.
After all, a tree doesn't just appear out of nowhere. After her husband 's death, and with no options as
a widow in Independence, Missouri, Sarah decides to travel to Oregon City as a Mail Order Bride.

During their trek west on the Oregon Trail, Jack and Sarah encounter one another, each afraid of being
hurt again. Can they survive dogs and puppies, wind and rainstorms, Indians and unfavorable fellow
passengers, while their love blossoms? Will the tree fulfill its promise?


Excerpt Two:

Since Peter had heard Tommy singing one afternoon, his pure, clear voice filling their house, he had the lamebrained idea of having him literally singing for their supper. The last thing she wanted was for Tommy to spend another night learning the ways of men and women in Independence's taverns. And with their booming town of three thousand people, there were plenty dens of iniquity to choose from.

In a few months, the city would swell as people wishing to start a new life in the west swarmed in with wagons, oxen, horses, and families. Taverns would explode with men's last opportunities to get drunk, which meant more crime, fights, and guns going off. Things a young boy didn't need to see.

Despite her disappointing marriage to Peter, she was content to stay in the two-bedroom log home she'd inherited from her parents when they'd died of the fever. Every once in a while, her husband talked of heading west to Oregon City. Lately, more often than not, she dreamed of him leaving her and Tommy alone and free from his outbursts.

"Darn it, woman, give me the boy. You're coddling him."

Behind her, Tommy whimpered against her back. "Shh, Tommy. It'll be all right." Her hand brushed against the fireplace poker. Could she hold Peter off with it? He was older, stronger, and angrier. Maybe she could reason with him. She huffed out a breath. As if that had ever worked before.

My Review: 5*
Let me start by saying when I chose to read this book it was for the supernatural aspect. What I got was a historical romance.  The Trail to Love is book 4 in the Soul Mate Tree Series this book is by Tina Susedik. Each book is a stand alone and written by a different Author. 

Now for my feelings on this book. Pretty much from the minute I picked it up I could not put it down. This book gripped me. I fell in love with the characters, their plight, the rough hard land. Pretty much everything, even the bad guy. The supernatural only showed up a few times in the book but I did not miss it at all.  Tina Susedik has done an amazing job with this book and I will be reading more from her and this series. 

In the book Jack Billabard has lost his wife and son in childbirth. He feels his life has ended. Wanting to put some distance between the memories of his wife and himself he rides to the top of the mountain on his property, there a tree appears, it brings with it a vision of a woman and child, not his wife and child though. Then the tree disappears again. Jack decides to leave Laramie and work as a guide on the Oregon Tail. 

As a teenager Sarah Nickelson lost her parents and married the first man to come along. Not knowing her husband to be was really a mean drunk and just wanted her for her inheritance. One winter night there's a knock on the door letting her know her husband has died in a accident she is alone with a child. Her In-Laws are taking her childhood home since she was married it all became her husbands. Sarah  finds an advertisement for a mail order bride, and with no where else to go decides to set out on the Oregon Trail to go to the man who sent out the advertisement. 

From the minute Jack sees her he can't believe his eyes that  this is the woman and child in the trees vision. To Sarah Jack looks familiar. Can the tree be write about this being each other second chance?

I received this book for my honest review from the Author and Goddess Fish Promotions. My thoughts of this book are my own.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tina Susedik is an award-winning, multi-published author with books in both fiction and non-fiction,
including history, children’s, military books and romances. Her favorite is writing romance stories where
her characters live happily ever after. She lives in Northwestern Wisconsin and is a member of
Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Romance Writer's of America, Wisconsin Writer’s Association,
and Sisters In crime. Her twentieth book will be released in November with her Chandler County book,
Missing My Heart.  Tina also write spicier romances as Anita Kidesu.

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Social Media Links for Tina Susedik
Twitter: @tinasusedik



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  1. Great post, I enjoyed learning about the book :)

  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!