From Library Journal
– Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
About the Author
The first book in this multi-book series was bought for me decades ago from a little used book store in a tiny town. After that first book, I was hooked, going on to read all 34 books in the series. The characters feel like old family friends, you follow them from the first wagon train to populate Oregon and their lives. There were many authors using the pseudonym “Dana Fuller Ross” but they all kept the themes, plots and style the same. You actually care about the characters, what happens to them, how they live, love and die. Normally I have never cared for westerns or romances but this feels like a genre all to itself. And for me to care about the characters in a setting like this, is quite something.
In this first book, Independence, we meet the first wagon train’s occupants who will be travelling for two years from the east coast to the west coast of the United States, still in it’s infancy. There are trials and tribulations, to be sure, but their guides show them how to survive everything from floods, tornados to ‘indians’. There is a level of writing that I rarely see in any book written formerly or since, that captures the level of intimacy that the Wagons West series does so very well.
I wholeheartedly recommend Independence as well as the rest of the books. I give 5 stars.