4 out of 5 Stars
I love the genre of historical fiction and Jane Kirkpatrick is the master of it. She has an amazing ability to write about strong women in our past. This installment of Ms. Kirkpatrick’s repertoire is about a mother and daughter that set out on an almost impossible feat. The year is 1896 and Helga Estby has accepted a wager to walk across the country in order to promote the women’s suffrage movement. The fashion industry has put up a $10,000.00 prize if the trip can be made in less than 7 months.
Helga decides that she and her 19 year-old daughter, Clara, will make the trip and win the money in order to save the family farm from foreclosure. The first section of the book is about the trip across America. It covers the struggles and triumphs of the trek. It is a time of secrets being revealed and a close bonding time for mother and daughter.
The second part of the book covers the repercussions of the journey. Not just for Helga and Clara, but for the family members left behind. The story continues through Clara’s life and comes full circle to the restoration of a family.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading about strong women overcoming insurmountable odds. It is a beautiful story about a woman who continually lives out Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
I received an ARC for this review from Water Brook Press. The review is my honest opinion!