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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick

This book is a work of historical fiction. From the historical account of Helga Etsby and her daughter, Clara's walk from Spokane, Washigton to New York City in 1896, the author delves into insightful speculation of Clara's life story. It is known that Clara became estranged from her family for some twenty years, even changing her last name. The authors takes readers through a fictional, but realistic life story that revels a nonfiction life story of Clara.

This novel is well thought and carefully researched to reflect the most probable biography of Clara. The author writes with careful and vivid detail, making Clara come to life in the novel. A very interesting look at the era when women's suffrage was in flight and a look at how some women were able to financially succeed in a man's world. The real story, in my opinion, becomes vibrant as Clara tries to reconcile with her family and eventually does.

I liked the fact the author shared how she researched and developed the most likely biography of Clara. This is the first historical fiction novel I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a must read for women of all ages. This is a Christian novel and includes discussion questions at the end of the book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This in no way influenced my review.

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