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Covered wagon First Step

We may have left the Colorado mining camp in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series behind (for now), but we didn’t say goodbye to all of its characters. Nope. Couldn’t do it. If you’ve read The Quilted Heart ebook novellas, you know who might be saying goodbye to the post Civil War Saint Charles Quilting Circle to join the Boone’s Lick Wagon Train Company on the trek west.

August 6th, Book 1 Hearts Seeking Home Series

August 6th, Book 1
Hearts Seeking Home Series

About This Book

The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most.   

Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new.

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?



“Mona Hodgson pens a wonderful story of love and self-reflection in Prairie Song.  Touching on elements of real life that are relevant to today, Mona weaves in a loving message of hope and forgiveness that gives the reader cause to pause and think on the blessing we have in grace.  I enjoyed reading this story and definitely recommend it to readers who find pleasure in a tender historical romance.” ~Tracie Peterson, award-winning author of over ninety books, including the Land of Shining Water series

“Writing with great sensitivity, Mona Hodgson has crafted a beautiful story of family loyalties, loss, and forgiveness.  Out of the pain of addiction springs new hope and strength and a chance for love.  Prairie Song is a heartfelt journey you won’t want to miss.” ~Margaret Brownley, New York Times best-selling author of Dawn Comes Early, Waiting for Morning, and Gunpowder Tea

“As hearts and lives are still healing from the effects of the Civil War, the colorful cast of characters in Prairie Song will take you on an adventure where love is as unpredictable as the journey west. With a quilting circle of friends all seeking new beginnings, and a group of charming soldiers yearning to win their hearts, sweet romance abounds in this first installment of Mona Hodgson’s Hearts Seeking Home series.” ~Joanne Bischof, author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart Is Torn

“I fell in love with Caleb and Anna from the first page, and as their journeys led them down the path of love and faith, I followed happily. Prairie Song is a novel that will stay with me long after the last page has been turned. Mona Hodgson has done it again with Prairie Song!” ~Kathleen Y’Barbo, best-selling author of the Secret Lives of Will Tucker series and the Rocky Mountain Heiress series

CONGRATULATIONS going out to Tina who won the drawing for an early copy of PRAIRIE SONG!

If you had lived in the 1800’s, would you have been tempted to go west in a wagon? Why? Why not?