This is a charming story with a gorgeous, yet hazardous setting. The snowstorm was vivid and nerve-wracking at first then cozy once Hoss found the cabin (although slightly heartbreaking with the loss of the mule).
Jack and James were immediately likable and authentic - no stereotypes just real men. i LOVE Boulder and how he protects the animals (and Snowflake too though we never meet him/her). I was pleasantly surprised to find out the boys were on the trail with the Cartwrights. Their description of Adam being spunky and smart made me smile.
I admire your writing style - your descriptions are perfect and you put just the right amount of emotion in - for example having them go silent right up there they told about how their mother died was very effective. The ending I don't want to give away but was very effective too.
This was a warm-hearted story to savor over a nice cup of tea on a wintry evening. Kudos!
Lisala, Thank you so much for reading my story and for your encouraging review. Once in a great while, stories almost write themselves and this was one of them.