Life in early 20th century rural Indiana was significantly different from today. Farm families raised or hunted the meat that they ate; grew or gathered vegetables for the table, and made most of the things that they wore, the bedding they slept on and much of their own furniture. There were no shopping malls, supermarkets or computers. Life was survival and it took all the members of the family and their individual skills to keep a household going. Gabe has learned the survival skills that have been passed down from generation to generation from the frontier days. This young adventurer uses all of them while facing challenge after challenge on that greatest of adventures called life.
Well, from the outside description of this book, I surely thought this was about a man named Gabe but it's not! This is about a young woman by the name of Gabriella but likes to be called Gabe. Wanted to get that out of the way or you would have been confused as heck at some of the situations I am about to tell you about:
The Laport family consisted of Grandpa, Grandma, mom & dad and 15 year old Gabe. Gabe has been taught how to hunt, fish, garden and sewing. One day she went into the woods and killed a coyote but she had a terrible fall and managed to stay alive throught it all. A newspaper reporter named Micah wanted to interview her for a story on how she killed the coyote. But Gabe was not interested. But for Micah, the minute he laid eyes on her, he knew that she was the one and not much longer after that he asked her to marry him and she agreed.
They had a baby girl named Elinor, which means Little Flower, but unfortunately, a few days later the baby dies. Micah decided they needed to move back to the country and he had a home built and when they moved in, he bought her a dog and she named him Dickens. Gabe had another baby and this one was a boy they named Michael Gabriel who later called himself Logan. He was a very healthy man and grew up and married a woman named Susan. They got to travel all over Europe and decided to come home and settle down. They had their first daughter, Celia.
Micah lost his father during the stock market crash and his stepmother, Lydia, whom no one had ever liked, not even the black servants, left to go to New York to look for another rich man. Times got hard for Micah at the newspaper and he suffered a severe heart attack and 2 years later he dies.
What happens next to Gabe and her son and his family is something you will want to read for yourself. If I told you everything you wouldn't read the book. But I can tell you alot more things happen and even though I told you some of the book in the beginning, I left out alot of juicy tidbits. I hope you take the time to read this great little book. You will be sad, cry, be happy but most of all you will be glad you read such a heartwarming down to earth book!
The author and publisher have been gracious enough to offer one reader their own copy of Gabe's Triumph! You will really love reading this tender book! Open to U.S. only.