Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Daughter's Walk

The Daughter's Walk is a historical fiction novel, which I love, based two women from the 19th Century. The mother, Helga Estby, accepted a wager to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City. The daughter, Clara accompanied her. The purpose was to further the reformed clothes that a fashion industry was trying to introduce and to encourage women to stand up for the right to vote. The challenge was to reach New York in seven months at which time Helga was to be paid ten thousand dollars. Upon their return to Washington Clara chose to strike out on her own and was separated from her family for more than twenty years.

Jane Kirkpatrick interlaces fact with fiction and creates from this point and weaves a captivating scenario as to the reason she left and the ensuing years. I found the book compelling and hard to put down. One can only imagine the hardship of the trip, the emotions of the family at them leaving them for that length of time, the disposition of the community upon their return as well as the nation as a whole.  I think Ms Kirkpatrick did an outstanding job of catching the feeling and drawing you into the era. 

I received this pre-released book from free for agreeing to give an honest unbiased review. 

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