Historical fiction is usually not the genre I seek out. But this is Amy Harmon, whose book Making Faces is one of my all-time favorites, so I had to give it a try.

The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May, widowed at twenty is eager to leave her grief behind, so she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.

Unfortunately, despite enjoying numerous other books by the author, her writing couldn’t save this one for me. Where the Lost Wander began with an exciting moment that grabbed this reader’s attention. What follows is a steady, interesting story, but not one that brought out much emotion for this reader. What little emotion is generated wasn’t enough to put this book over the top. Ultimately, this story felt flat. It flowed very slowly with minimal moments of spark.

Here sits a reader hoping the next book guts me like Making Faces.

Advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley.



Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Where the Lost Wander

Author: Amy Harmon

Release Date: April 28, 2020

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