Heartbreak Trail by Shirley Kennedy
Approx. 92,770 words.
Published on December 5, 2010 by
1850. Lucy, a pampered New Englander, is dragged by her husband and cold-hearted brother-in-law on a wagon train bound for California. After her husband dies, she longs to return home, but that would mean abandoning her little stepson. How fortunate then that rugged Clint Palance, a former trapper and Indian scout, is watching over them both!