I remember playing "The Oregon Trail" on a 5 1/2 inch really floppy disk (with DOS!) when I was young, and now my children play an updated version on a CD-Rom. I loved taking the wagon train through sickness, attacks, a lack of supplies and bad weather. I really had to put my decision making skills to the test to play the game. Dangerous Heart brought back those memories!
This book focuses on a female outlaw who infiltrates an wagon train headed to Oregon. The wagon train faces many the things that were part of life then: a cholera outbreak, attacks by outlaws, decisions to be made regarding traveling through the snowy mountains...
Even though the trials of the people on the wagon train fascinated me, the trials of the heroine, Ginger, were even more enthralling. Ginger is an outlaw who "accidentally" finds God after joining - or infiltrating - a wagon train full of Christians. Though her original intentions were nefarious, she now faces an age old question. How does a Christian live among non-Christians (in this case, outlaws)? Does she choose the family she has always known or give them up for her new Christian friends and a budding romance with a Godly man?
ABOUT THE BOOK: For the past seven years, Ginger Freeman has had one goal: find Grant Kelley and make him pay for allowing her brother to die. Growing up motherless with a father who leads an outlaw gang, Ginger isn’t exactly peaches and cream. So when she finally tracks down Grant on a wagon train headed west, she figured providence had stepped in and given her the chance she’s been waiting for.
On the wagon train, finally surrounded by a sense of family and under the nurturing eye of Toni Rodde, Ginger begins to lose her rough edges. She’s made friends for the first time and has become part of something bigger than revenge. Not only has her heart softened toward people in general, but God has become a reality she never understood before. And watching Grant doctor the pioneers, she’s realized she can’t just kill him and leave the train without medical care. Putting her anger aside, before long, Ginger’s a functioning part of the group.
But when the outlaw gang, headed by her pa, shows up and infiltrates the wagon train, she is forced to question her decision. Only self-sacrifice and her new relationship with God can make things right. But it might also means she loses everything she’s begun to hold dear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Westward Hearts Series, Defiant Heart (#1) and Distant Heart (#2)She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years. She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year. Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines).She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.