Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Review: The Daughter's Walk

Mother-daughter drama always gets to me.  Not because I ever think about my relationship with my own mother, but because I think of my relationships with my daughters.  Like everyone else, I hope and pray that I have excellent relationships with them, but I can only do my part.

The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick begins with 18-year-old Clara embarking on a remarkable journey with her mother, Helga, in 1896.  Helga accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City (3,500 miles!) within seven months.  They would receive $10,000 for the journey and save the family farm.  Of course things don't always go as planned, and Helga and Clara return more than a year later to a family that holds them in utter contempt.  Clara then chooses to continue on with her life, which means living in exile from her family for more than twenty years.

Ms. Kirkpatrick is a fantastic writer.  It was easy to forget that this story is actually based on a true story.  The historical detail is captivating, and the characters' relationships with each other are heart-breaking.  My husband has a rule: never feel more offended than the person who is actually the offended party feels.  I found myself violating this rule often in the book.  The outrage I felt for Clara was surprising, since she's a fictional character in this book.

If you like historical fiction, you'll like this.  The era is the early twentieth century, during a time when many women struggled with the issues of rights and independence.  It's easy for me to take my rights for granted, and this story reminds me that it was not always like this.

And now, could you do me a favor?  Please rate my review below!  This book was sent to me by WaterBrook press, and in order to review more books, I need a good rating.  Thank you!

This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Multnomah Press as a part of their Blogging for Books program.

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