Beyond the Trail

Six stories about Luke, Nora,
and other characters from
Backwards to Oregon


The Blue Hour: When her mother dies, twelve-year-old Lucinda Hamilton decides to start a new life—as a boy.

Grasping at Straws: No one knows that Tess Swenson, madam of a brothel, also owns a livery stable and a number of other businesses. On one of her secret inspections, she makes a surprising discovery.

A Rooster’s Job: The Hamiltons hoped to build a home in the idyllic Willamette Valley with mild winters, but now they’re snowed in and their rooster isn’t doing such a great job either.

The Art of Pretending: Tess finds out that someone is stealing her money. She suspects Frankie, a woman who reminds her of Luke. But nothing is as it seems.

The Christmas Oak: Luke sets out to bring home a Christmas tree—but she finds something else.

Swept Away: The greatest flood in the history of Oregon sweeps away houses, barns, and animals in the Willamette Valley. At the same time, fourteen-year-old Amy is swept away by her feelings for her best friend.


Genre: Historical fiction
Publication Date: April 2013
Length: Anthology (30,300 words / 65 pages)
Series: The Oregon Series (Book 2)
Awards: GCLS Award 2014

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