I got my first review yesterday and since it’s late I’m going to be lazy and paste it here:
A great review by another good author:
By Dolores Ayotte
This review is from: Evelyn’s Anxious Bench (The Baker Family Saga) (Kindle Edition)
In “Evelyn’s Anxious Bench” Jonathan Baker takes his extended family on an arduous journey from Maryland through the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley during the early 19th century. In essence, this fictional novel is the story of Evelyn Baker-Brook and the challenges she and her family faced as they plodded along on in an effort to fulfill the dream of starting a settlement in a new and unknown world. Having grown up in the lap of luxury…with a beautiful home and servants to meet their every need…Evelyn finds herself in a strange and unfamiliar environment.
After several days of travelling, they finally meet up with the intended wagon train so that they can travel in tandem to their much sought after destination. While on route, they are robbed by some thieves disguised as fellow travelers who add to their stress and anxiety. Lawrence, Evelyn’s husband, decides to go after the thieves and leaves Evelyn alone. She is forced to continue with the rest of the wagon train and hopes to hook up with Lawrence somewhere along the path. She is has no idea how to drive this clumsy oxen-driven wagon and finds herself in dire straits when she attempts to cross a river with her cumbersome load. With the help of Preacher O’Riley, who manages to adeptly navigate Evelyn’s wagon, children, and all her worldly possessions to the other side, she continues on her way.
Evelyn soon discovers that she faces many unexpected and perilous challenges. Although this is a fictional novel, Author Allison Kohn does a great job of combining both fact and fiction to describe the extreme conditions of that era. “Evelyn’s Anxious Bench” is an easy-to-read, Christian novel which is sure to attract a wide reading audience.