Every time I drive down a road with nothing but fields of wheat or corn on either side of my windows, or pass rolling pastures where herds of cattle are grazing, I can't help but wonder how the land must have looked as our country began to expand its borders. I imagine being an early pioneer traveling for over 2,000 miles along the Oregon Trail. Not rolling along in an air-conditioned car with a GPS to make sure I arrive at my destination, but riding on a hard wooden seat where every rut jarred my bones as the wagon crossed the prairie. I can imagine my heart catching in my throat the moment the oxen stepped into a river, the water rushing around them, rising high against the wagon wheels as we forged raging rivers. Walking hundreds of miles in the heat, praying that our passage would be free of Indians, cholera, bandits and injury as the train slowly traversed through mountain passes with sheer drop offs that would mean instant death with just a stumble. I can't even begin to imagine the sense of wonder, of excitement as they came down from those passes and set eyes on a valley spread out beneath them... a valley that would become their home and eventually the 33rd state in our great country as Oregon joined the Union in 1859.
The Willamette Wives series is my attempt to take this journey if only in my imagination and share it with you. Richard and Anna, James and Charity, Wyatt and Agatha, along with Roger Morrison and Matthew Stone are some of those brave settlers who join together to build their dream on land they claimed with the Land Donation Act.
In His Errant Educator, the third book in this series, Roger has set his hat on the pretty little brunette he bumped into outside Franklin's Mercantile. She is the only woman for him and his dream is for her to join him on the Rose Ranch as his wife. Teresa Goldman, loves her sexy, stern rancher but has dreams of her own. She's spent her life preparing to become a teacher, has spent hours preparing lesson plans that will make school fun. Will Roger be able to convince his errant educator that some very important life lessons have nothing to do with reading, writing, and arithmetic?
I hope you join me on the journey as the characters from His Passionate Pioneer and My Sassy Settler continue to build the Rose Ranch, continue to help each other and continue to follow their dreams.
Books 1 & 2 in the Willamette Wives Series are on sale this weekend...