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.

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