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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Daughter's Walk

If you are familiar with Jane Kirkpatrick’s books, then you know that she is a master at taking historical facts and weaving them into captivating stories.   Each time I read her books, I not only learn something about history, I enjoy the journey.  Jane’s books are one example of why I adore historical fiction.  Her stories center around real people and she researches her subjects well before putting pen to paper. 

The Daughter’s Walk is based on the true story of Norwegian born Helga Estby who accepted a $10,000 wager to walk 3,500 miles from Spokane, Washington to New York City.   This was a very bold move in 1896, but Helga was determined to win the money and save her family’s home from foreclosure. 

The story is told through the eyes of Clara Estby, the daughter who reluctantly joins Helga on her journey.  If Helga and Clara are able to make the treacherous journey, they will win the money and go down in history as the first women to travel unescorted across the country.   The pressure is on with the newspapers documenting their every move and the family farm hanging in the balance. 

This book moved at the perfect pace for me and I enjoyed reading about these two courageous women who gave their all and risked their own lives to save their family home.  This adventure changes these women in ways they never anticipated and Clara discovers a hidden family secret along the way.

If you’re looking for something fresh in historical fiction, I urge you to give Jane’s books a try.

This book was provided free for review by Waterbrook Press.

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