Monday, August 10, 2015

Heartbreak Trail by Susan K. Marlow Book Review



 Heartbreak Trail
Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers’ ranch hands. Yet, her mother has always held the family’s youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities.

With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can’t deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When Andi announces that her quinceañera birthday wish is to join the upcoming cattle drive, her family is stunned. But after further discussion and multiple newspaper clippings about spirited women who balked at society’s expectations, even Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi’s head is by letting her and her cousin Levi go along as Cook’s helpers. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angles?

Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquito's, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi’s attention, it is definitely not a holiday. Andi grimly determines she will stick it out. When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a gunfight with suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, Mitch the trail boss finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It’s time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market―any way they can.

My Thoughts:

This is the second in the Circle C Milestones series. This can be read without reading any of the other books in the series. I would personally recommend you read all this delightful series.

It’s for kids 8-100 years old. No, I didn’t error on a number as this is a great series that even us older folks like!

This is set in the 1880s in California on a working ranch. Andi Carter is a spunky and spirited young lady who loves horses and a good adventure. Lots of adventure in this face pace series that is hard to put the book down.

I have to date read all these books to my 9 year old son and 12 year old daughter. They get real excited when a new book comes out. We have enjoyed reading about Andi and her family and watching her grow up within the pages of the book. My kids give it an A+.

This is a wonderful wholesome Christian book. The stories have strong moral values and promote a Christian lifestyle.

Saddle up and begin a wonderful adventure. Other series are Circle C Adventures with a new book from author, Susan K Marlow with Andrea Carter’s: Circle C Beginnings, Circle C Adventures + Tales from the Circle C Ranch, and of course this series: Circle C Milestones. She even has a boy series; Goldtown Adventures.


Disclaimer: I provided an advanced reader copy of this book from Kregel Publication for free in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and were not subject to editing from the publisher.


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