A Bride's Journey to the Colorado Territory by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

July 30, 2020

Author: Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Series: Frontier Legacy Brides, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2020

After her friend dies, Cornelia’s Taggart’s parents send her to America under her brother’s protection hoping it will heal her heart. Cornelia is tired of people not listening to her concerns and sees this journey as a new start. It’s the land of possibility and traveling in a covered wagon means she’ll be equal to her brother because he knows as much as she does. She meets a man who seems as troubled as the friend she lost. Can she save him before it’s too late?

Jake Miles, once a prisoner of the Union Army leaves Tennessee in disgrace. His past makes him unworthy of the love of family and friends. All he needs to do is find enough gold to start a new life where no one knows his past. When a feisty young woman catches his attention, he imagines his life could be different. Does he dare to hope his future could change?

When brought together, will they look beyond past promises and old pain and discover treasure worth more than gold?


Diana Brandmeyer does a great job at taking you into a journey across the United States on a wagon train with some very lovable characters. She sets a story with very realistic situations and she is so descriptive in her scenes its like you are almost there.  Although this can be read as a stand alone book it would help to read the first one and know more about Jake's story.  This story keeps you captivated from the very start! 

We start right off meeting Cornelia and her brother Raymond who are leaving Prussia to trek across the United States in search for gold. While on board they meet Jake who is struggling with his past and whom Cornelia feels compelled to help. Raymond decides to partner with Jake so they can help each other out monetarily and physically on this trek. 

Cornelia is compassionate and loves to help others, especially those that are hurt or in need. We see this right away when she befriends Nora,who will be joining the wagon train with her dad, and helps her as she sees her dad verbally and physically abusing her. She even sets her brother and Jake on the path to make sure Nora is well. Oh sweet Nora I was in pins and needles over her and still am! The author definitely leaves you in a cliffhanger concerning her story and I loved that because that must mean another book in this series!! 

 I think all the characters definitely change and grow for the better. Jake and Cornelia's romance is slow building but very sweet. Raymond learns that some things are more important than others. I love that this book doesn't lack for any adventure! It is full of it. The story itself is not too "preachy" for lack of a better word but the author does a great job at interweaving God's spiritual elements of faith and forgiveness. 

I think the author definitely left the story open for more... after all we all need to know what happens to Raymond and Nora. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really Liked it.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are my own.

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CBA and ECPA Best-Selling author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

Sometimes we don't know how strong we can be until we are forced to react to a difficult challenge. Brandmeyer writes fiction about women choosing to face their fears even though they want to run from them.

Perhaps you'll see a bit of yourself between the covers. 
To find our more about her books and subscribe to her newsletter visit her at: http://dianabrandmeyer.com/


  1. I love this review and yay! You want to know more about Nora and Raymond. Yes, they will appear again in Book 3 A Bride's Choice 2021.

    1. Aww, it was a pleasure reading your book! I can't wait to read the next one and find our what happens to Nora and Raymond!