Wildest Dreams falls under the saga or epic category. It is a pioneer story of two people who claim some land in wild territory and try to build a life. They face a lot of resistance from the elements, and also from native tribes who try to rob them of everything they work hard to earn.
Lettie McBride is heading west with her family. Her little son is all she lives for, and she is hiding a secret. The McBride family is well to do and live in relative luxury, even on a dusty wagon train that is heading west. Lettie meets Luke, a lone man heading west to make a name for himself. They fall in love. When they come to a fork, Lettie leaves her family to go North to Montana instead of heading South to Colorado.
Luke claims some land in Montana and they spend the first night in a rundown cabin. Attacked by dangerous native tribes, Lettie wants to call it a day and go back. But Luke is ambitious and plans to build a big empire in this wild land. As years go by, Luke flourishes and Lettie is busy with the kids. The locals all look up to Luke who is the biggest land owner in the area.
Luke gets into battles with the Sioux early on and his son is taken away by them. Years go by and Lettie hasn’t visited her family. The story follows the ups and downs and daily battles faced by the family. It is like watching six or seven seasons of a TV series at once. All through, Luke wonders if he did the right thing by making his wife struggle in such a wild land. They have many things, but they are far away from civilization and even a doctor is a luxury.
Wildest Dreams is not a quick read. It is the kind of book I like to read a little at a time and keep going back to again and again. And it will teach you a thing or two about patience and perseverance.