Castaway with the Cowboy is a Calico Trails reprinted novella by Pam Hillman. When their steamship sinks, Zach Holifield, Abby Lindstrom, and a small ragtag crew land on a small island in the Caribbean. Will they survive long enough to be rescued or will they need to make this place their new home?
The Oregon Trail is one of the more well-known tracks that pioneers traveled to get from the eastern United States to the west coast. Many of the travelers died from disease, hunger, accidents, or weather disasters. Those that made it across the prairie and over the mountains had to chose whether to stay the course into the fertile Oregon Valley or head south to search for gold in California.
I love short story anthologies. Anytime I can find a collection of stories all in one book, it makes me feel like I’ve hit gold. And discovering this particular anthology definitely lived up to those expectations.
Stealing Jake, by Pam Hillman, follows Livy O’Brien as she tries to make a new life in Chestnut, Illinois. When she steps in to protect a group of street kids, she must face her own past since she was once one of them.