I found this story in the results of a very loosely defined search. The author, 'The Old Guy', is new to me. I really enjoyed this book as the plot was well planned, the principal characters well defined and the historical content appeared to be accurate and was colourful.
There were a few errors that a good proofreader/editor should have spotted but generally it is well written.
Sadly, the author has disappeared from SOL, leaving several stories unfinished. One can only assume that something related to his age prevented him from completing them. I wish him well.
On a brighter note, there are some more works of his to enjoy and that is what I am going to do now!
Go on, read it. It is worth it!
There is an old saying that there is nothing new under the sun, and the basic plot of this start of a series about a wimp who falls through a "crack" in the web of time and lands somewhere in the mid west around 1845. Alex finds himself in the middle of nowhere without very many useful things; a cellular phone, a digital watch, some matches, and a back pack.
He discovers an abandoned wagon, and in it two sisters dying of cholera. They have been stripped and all their possessions have been stolen by members of a wagon train who left them for dead. He saves their lives, and in the process they all fall in love. They discover gold, over twelve pounds of the stuff which allows them to carry on into Oregon.
There is excellent characterization and examples of the social structure in America at this mid point in the nineteenth century with slavery rampant, women without any rights at all, they couldn't own land, hold a job, get a higher education, and were totally subservient to their husbands wishes. Did I mention slavery?
Somewhere along the trail the trio decide to become a 'ménage à trois' and then take up with Louise, a recaptured free slave, whom they take under their wing, only to marry her as well.
After enormous trials and tribulations they finally reach Oregon, all three women pregnant, and claim the 168 acre homestead of a married man.
Now for a down side to this "Universe " As is the case with many Authors, who cannot wait to see their words in print, The Old Guy failed to proof read the story, so it is sometimes very difficult to understand the sentences. Oh well, you will enjoy the story immensely!