About the Book
Book: Trail of Secrets
Author: Lacy Williams
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: March 16, 2023
Stella is the oldest of three sisters and she’s got a long history of being the one to protect and provide for her family. When a dangerous threat sent the Fairfax sisters on a wagon train journey west, Stella knew her best bet was to disguise herself as a man to keep herself and her sisters safe.
Collin Mason has secrets of his own. And his family isn’t short on drama either, not with his troublemaking twin and an older brother about to get hitched. But he’s the only one who sees the real Stella—and that she needs help.
Collin sees the vulnerability Stella tries so hard to hide. When he becomes the only one she can trust and she discovers that danger has followed her family, Stella must rely on him despite her reluctance…
Lacy Williams’ second book in the Wagon Train Matches Series continues the drama with this suspenseful main character disguise trope.
Stella and one of her sisters take on the identity of men in order to escape from dangerous men who are after them. Even on the wagon train, the sisters don’t feel safe. While Stella makes a poor “Stephen” and a poor horseman, she comes to rely on the handsome, kind Collin Mason.
I like the way Williams revealed Stella’s identity quickly to Collin’s character, thus setting him up for conflict with his family as he keeps her secret. The suspense builds with the fear of being caught as their romance develops.
Williams steadily increased the tension in the story with natural disasters, conflict with minor characters, and the fear of being discovered. This was a true page-turner and fans of Christian Historical Romance will enjoy it as a stand alone or by reading the series in order. I strongly recommend this book.
Genre: Christian Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Wagon Train
Location: Oregon Trail
Time Period: 1860s/1870s
Romance: Very clean. Brief mention of kissing.
Faith: Light references to faith or church.
Disclaimer: I requested and received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of the publisher. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see in Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published sixty books in a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .
More from Lacy
Exploring birth order in fictional characters
Are you a firstborn? Middle child? Baby of the family? I’m not versed in all the psychology or science of birth order but I can tell you that I knew my second-born had a different personality from my first-born within a few hours of his birth.
I am two years older than my brother and four years older than my sister. We’re all three different. I get along with my siblings in different ways. We enjoy doing different activities together.
I love reading books with strong sibling ties. And in my books, I often like to explore the relationships between siblings. I like to play with the dynamics between brothers or have squabbling sisters (that truly love each other, deep down). And my new book TRAIL OF SECRETS is no different!
Heroine Stella is an oldest child. When her father died, she took responsibility for her two sisters. She kept the family together (even in an unconventional way) and she’s going to get the three of them to Oregon. No matter what.
Hero Collin is a middle child and a twin. He’s a peacemaker and a protector. And he drives Stella a little bit crazy with his ability to always look on the bright side. Their personalities clash but only in the best way.
After a tornado ravages the wagon train, Collin and Stella have to work together to survive and rescue family members. Can their differences be strengths when they partner up?
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