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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
The One Who Loves You by Paul F Murray is a western with twists that make this one stand out. The Tucker family is on the Oregon Trail in 1868 when their wagon train is overrun by disease. The only survivors are Saylor, an 18-year-old mute, and her younger sister, Amy. Taken in by an old Indian woman, the two girls learn to live off the land and to thrive. Two years later another wagon train passes through. Daniel Hackett is planning to start a cattle ranch with his family, but his fiancée, Tawnie, is determined he should dig for gold so she can live a life of comfort. When Saylor and Amy join this wagon train, there is much speculation about Saylor’s knowledge of gold in the area. With three treasure-seeking men along, things could easily get dangerous.
I felt The One Who Loves You was slow at the beginning as Paul F Murray developed the plot and characters, but then I could not put the book down. The pace quickened as the wagon train faced many dangers within and without. There’s a wealth of well-illustrated events that put you right there in the story. The historical details are captivating as Murray inserts dangers that we don’t face today. Saylor was my favorite character. That she was mute from a childhood disease did not mean that she was mentally slow, though many people thought that of her. Her sweet and forgiving spirit was remarkable. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and thought it ended as it should have, but with some twists in the story.