Historical novels attract me because I enjoy history much more now that I’m an adult than I did when I was a child. This particular novel is about how a Norwegian American, Helga Estby, and her daughter Clara, walked from Spokane, Washington, to New York City. In 1896. This was a dangerous journey for men to make, let alone two women, but they were successful. At least, they completed their journey. In order to consider it a success—which would have netted them a prize of $10,000—they needed to finish the journey by a certain time frame, which Clara’s sprained ankle prevented.
The author writes in an easy way, making the reading of this book enjoyable. Ms. Kirkpatrick took information about this walk and then fashioned a story about what happened after the ladies were finished. Although interesting, I was frustrated with the ending.
If you are looking for something to read on a cold, fall afternoon, while sipping some tea, this is the book for you.
Thanks to the publisher for a free copy of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.