When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War uniform, she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina. The family journeys along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho. This sweeping story illuminates an oft-forgotten era in LDS Church history. Filled with life and passion, it’s a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.
About the author:
Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah. Her first novel, Willow Springs, was published in 2014.
My review: Soda Springs by Carolyn Steeles
I enjoyed reading Soda Springs. I liked the characters, the setting was new to me. Some twists in the plot. It is a LDS novel but deals mostly with a group who left the Church, or not members.
Tessa Darrow is from North Carolina. It starts with her father coming home from Civil War and burns his uniform. He decide to sell the plantation home and go to Oregon.
Tessa is 14 and used to servants. They freed any slaves they bought. I like Tessa. She sure went through a lot of trials. I am glad that I don't live in pioneers time.
On the Oregon Trail they come to Soda Springs where they need to stop for now. It is a small community. Where some welcome and some want them to leave.
This is full of drama, some romance, some history and a clean read.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review of Soda Springs in return.