Historical fiction/romance- 1853, a 20 year old widow on the Oregon Trail
Most novels are about struggles-- with nature, people, self. The characters in Where the Lost Wander experience all of these as they cross through the harsh conditions of the Oregon Trail.
Naomi, a young widow, and John, half-Pawnee, are drawn to each other through their strength, circumstance, and need to belong. And yes there's a little romance. But the dominant theme is resilience-- the fight with nature that is both giving and deadly, the conflicts with culture and families, and the struggles with self to accept and move forward.
The author takes you through their struggles with a tight plot that keeps you reading well past when you should put the book to sleep, eat, or work. But it will be worth you "sacrifice."