Lauraine Snelling: Searching for Home
Few authors have created a legacy of literature as comprehensive and beloved as Lauraine Snelling. Readers couldn’t get enough of her bestselling historical sagas that follow the people of Blessing, North Dakota, a Norwegian immigrant community struggling to pioneer the Red River Valley and fulfill their dreams for a better future.
With Valley of Dreams, Snelling offers a new crop of characters and a new setting that are sure to win over readers just as strongly. Heading south to the Black Hills, the novel follows a young woman and her companions as they search for a place to call home.
When Cassie Lockwood’s mother died, Cassie began travelling with her father’s Wild West Show. Along the way, she became an amazingly skillful trick rider and sharpshooter, likened by some to the famous Annie Oakley. When her father passed away, she continued to work with the show, having nowhere else to go.
Now Cassie has discovered that “Uncle” Jason, the show’s manager, has driven the show into debt, and he’s absconded with what little money was left. Devastated, Cassie decides to try to find the hidden valley in the Black Hills of South Dakota where her father had dreamed of setting down roots. She has only one clue. She needs to find three huge stones that look like fingers on a giant hand. With Chief, a Sioux Indian who’s been with the act for twenty years, and Micah, the head wrangler, she leaves the show and a bundle of heartache behind and begins a wild and daring adventure. Will they find the valley before winter closes in on them?
Written in her signature heartwarming style, Lauraine once again vividly explores the human struggle and its unexpected and beautiful triumphs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of sixty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.