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Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite
After the Civil War ends, no one is the same. Families have been torn apart, loved ones are lost or dead, and everyone has to find a way to pick up the pieces of their former lives and keep moving forward. Anna Goben has lost her beloved brother to a far-off battleground, and now she, her mother, and her grandfather are joining a wagon train to head out west and start a new life. Prairie Song: Hearts Seeking Home, Book 1 by Mona Hodgson begins just days before the wagon train departs on a five-month journey. Anna knows she has to be strong for her family and lead them away from their despair, but there is not much time to contemplate her own needs and wants. As the wagon train rolls on, there are several other families to get to know as well. Ms. Hodgson has a real talent for creating believable characters.
Prairie Song is a lovely Christian romance. As it is set in the late 1800s the characters are already more chaste and reserved than the youth of today, so there is no bodice-ripping or premarital sex involved. The Christian theme has not been done with a heavy hand, either, so I did not feel as though I was being preached to as I read. Instead, there were just quiet assurances of God’s love and grace sprinkled throughout the book. I thought the whole book was beautifully written. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series!