Lafayette, California (EastBayDaily) — The 1840s through the Civil War presented a major migration of American settlers. The historic society Historic Oregon City relays an estimate of half a million people pulling stakes and heading west. One-third of the travelers had their eyes, and hearts, set on the state of Oregon. As historians continue to amass information on this tumultuous transition, author Virginia van Druten turns a creative eye to this important time in American history. In her novel, Long Road Home (published by AuthorHouse), she introduces readers to a resilient heroine and weaves a story populated with the nuanced realities of life on the Oregon Trail.
It is 1865. People are moving westward along the Oregon Trail searching for freedom, land and wealth. Sarah sets out with her new husband, Johnny, a Civil War soldier suffering from the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder. When Johnny abandons his new wife in search of gold in the Black Hills, Sarah, without rations or shelter, is left for dead. That is, until a Native American boy finds her and takes her to his village.
The tribe accepts Sarah into their village on the condition she teach its inhabitants the language skills necessary to cope with the onslaught of white settlers. Sarah has no choice but to stay. She learns to appreciate their culture and their dilemma and becomes torn between her new community and the white society she has left behind.
When an impasse is reached, Sarah must make a critical decision: stay with her adopted people or return back to the world from which she came.
An emotionally tense and riveting novel, Long Road Home combines the best of historical fiction and action-filled drama.
About the Author Virginia van Druten lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also the author of Bound to Sea, Passage Through History and Hangtown.
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