Trail of Crosses by Jo Grafford (review)

An exquisite experience!

I absolutely loved Breaking Ties, and was anticipating the next in the Lost Colony Series so much that I was almost afraid to read Trail of Crosses. But of course, I couldn’t pass it up, and I’m glad I didn’t. Jo Grafford has out done herself!

Beginning with the first word, Ms. Grafford’s deep, rich descriptions pulled me into the story, this time following Jane Mannering’s experiences in the New World. I was right there with Jane every step of the way, leaving me “inside” the story long after I’d put it down.

You don’t need to read Breaking Ties to understand Trail of Crosses, but I highly recommend that you do read both, for your own enjoyment. (My review of Breaking Ties is here.)

I certainly hope we won’t be waiting long for the third book of the series!

Book description:

Jane Mannering can shoot a rifle and handle a knife as well as any Englishman. However, she is no match for the red-painted warriors who ambush her section of a Colonial caravan the moment she and her comrades reach the shores of Virginia.

Jane plots their escape during a forced march inland, leaving a trail of maltese crosses carved on the trees – their pre-agreed upon signal of distress. All the while, she fumes over what interest their captors could possibly have in a twenty-three-year-old spinster and a rugged band of brick masons, sawyers, and farmers.

When the ruthless Chief Wanchese intercepts them at the crossroads of the Great Trading Path, Jane is shaken to discover their greatest enemy plans to keep her for himself. It’s a pity he’s the only man on two continents who’s ever stirred her heart. Alas, she has an entire colony to save, and capturing his attentions is not part of their escape plan.

The Trouble With Horses: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Novella by Elizabeth Ann West #AustenInAugustLGR

Read as part of the Austen In August reading challenge, The Trouble With Horses was a fun, quick, light, and delightful read!

Elizabeth Bennet’s and Darcy’s characters are changed a bit, but in what P&P variation are they not? I think this was a refreshing “what if” story, and a great length when one would like to take an afternoon to oneself, or a trip to the beach or pool.

Sincerely Yours, Yours by Design Book 2 by Robin Helm #AustenInAugustLGR

As part of Austen in August, I read:

Sincerely Yours, Yours by Design Book 2

by Robin Helm.

I loved Sincerely Yours as much as I did the first book in the Christian Fantasy/Austen-adaptation series, Yours by Design. In this continuation of Accidentally Yours, it’s a lot of fun to follow both contemporary Darcy settle into Regency times and Regency Darcy adapt to contemporary times. I read this online one chapter at a time, but it’s a pleasure to read it all at once—and the updates and additions expand the story past what I had already read! It is saying a lot for Ms. Helm’s talent that even though we switch timelines with every chapter, the story continues to flow beautifully. It would have been so easy to make the two Darcys and two Elizabeths similar, but they are unique, making this even more special. I’m looking forward to the third in the series, Forever Yours!

Austen in August giveaway!


As part of the Austen in August reading challenge, hosted by

Jenna at Lost Generation Reader,

I’m giving away

a $20 gift certificate to

Cafe Press

How cool would it be to have to choose from among 2,020 Austen-inspired gifts?

To enter, you must be an Austen in August participant.

If you haven’t already, head on over to and sign up!


Please comment below to enter from

August 7 through midnight, August 10.


I’ll post the winner on August 11, 2014.


And don’t forget to check out

Lost Generation Reader

for all sorts of fantastic Austen-related

posts all during August!