Mrs. M so wishes she could show you the cover they sent her, but as usual, we have to wait until Kregel gives their "okay." You will love it! I do! Would you like a back cover summary? You do? Okay, here it is! Enjoy! Heartbreak Trail is scheduled for release for Fall 2015.
Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers’ ranch hands. Yet, her mother has always held her youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities.
With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can’t deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When the subject of what Andi would like for her all-important “quinceañera” (a Mexican birthday tradition), her answer is, “I want to help with the upcoming cattle drive.” She has newspaper clippings to back up her desire, all about spirited women who balked at society’s expectations and mounted their horses to follow their dreams.
Stunned silence greets Andi’s announcement, but after further discussion, even Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi’s head is by letting her and Andi's nephew, Levi, go along as Cook’s helpers. Then she can see for herself that it is not a holiday. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angeles? If she wearies of the drive, she agrees to let Chad and Mitch put her on the train in Bakersfield and send her home.
Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business, with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquitoes, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi’s attention, it is definitely not a holiday. Andi grimly determines to stick it out.
When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a firefight with the suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, the trail boss, Mitch, finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It’s time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market—any way they can.
I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into my upcoming adventure!