Wednesday, February 7, 2024

To the Wild Horizon by Imogen Martin


Missouri, 1846: In the frontier town of Independence the sound of a gunshot shatters the night. As the pistol drops from her hand and clatters to the ground, Grace knows she has no choice but to leave. Now.

In this inspiring and deeply moving story of love, courage and endurance, a young woman on the run from the law sets off on a desperate journey of survival on the treacherous Oregon Trail.

Terrified she’s wanted for the murder of her landlord, Grace is certain that, even though she acted in self-defence, no one will believe her. Quickly packing the few belongings she and her little brother Tom possess, they race to join the line of dusty wagons preparing to leave for Oregon.

As they set off, over the perilous Great Plains, knowing the wild rivers and the Rocky Mountains they must cross, Grace vows to do whatever it takes to protect Tom and get them both to safety. She will prove herself capable of surviving the hardest journey of her life.



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To The Wild Horizon will be published on 7 February 2024, and is available to pre-order NOW.

Imogen writes sweeping, historical fiction. Her first two novels are set in nineteenth century America.

As a teenager, she took the Greyhound bus from San Francisco to New York. Over those three days of staring out of the window at the majestic mountains and endless flat plains, stories wound themselves into her head: tales of brooding, charismatic men captivated by independent women.

Since then, she has worked in a coffee-shop in Piccadilly London, a famous bookstore, and a children’s home. She has run festivals, and turned a derelict housing block on one of the poorest estates in the UK into an award-winning arts centre.

During 2020 Imogen was selected by Kate Nash Literary Agency as one of their BookCamp mentees, a mentorship programme designed to accelerate the careers of promising new writers.

Married with two children, Imogen divides her time between Wales and Sardinia.


My Review

This is a story of perserverance despite all the obstacles against you.
A young woman whom fears for her life, lets a lie of omission stand, and flees from Missouri to Oregon, now today might be ok, but this is 1846, and getting there is no easy feat.
She is taking care of her young brother after the deaths of her parents, and now wants to get to her bother in Oregon.
Then we have a Captain Randolph, he has the respect of his unit, and doesn't tolerate untruthfulness, and Grace knows this. She enters with a big lie, but soon earns respect of the train.
What happens when secrets are revealed? Well, we are there, and there are so many surprises with this read, but the epilogue didn't set well, but you will have to judge for yourself.
Come and journey on a wagon train, with all its danger and obstacales!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Storm Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.


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