Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Daughter's Walk Book Review

I have a new book to tell you about called The Daughter's Walk and it is a really good soul searching book about a daughter's desire to learn about her mother's life.

Here is what is on the back cover and then I will tell you a little more about this awesome book:
In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn ten thousand dollars and save the family farm. She brought along her 18 year old daughter, Clara, and the two made their way on the 3,500 mile trek by following the railroad tracks. After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone, leaving the family and changing her name. Her decision initiated a more than twenty year separation from the only life she had known.

Historical fiction writer,Jane Kirkpatrick picks up where the fact of the Estby's walk leaves off to explore Clara's continued journey. What motivated Clarato take such a risk in an era when many women struggled without the issues of rights and independence? And what personal revelations brought Clara to the end of her lonely road? the Daughter's Walk weaves personal history and fiction together to invite readers to consider their own journeys and family separations, to help determine what exile and forgiveness are truly about.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the journey did not end well at all. Clara became sick for two days and then sprained an ankle which eventually made them 2 weeks late getting to New York City and they did not get the $10,000 that the fashion house had offered. Unfortunately, while they were away some of the children had died of diphtheria and Ole Estby, Helga's husband would not even listen to Clara's explanation.

What he did not know was that while they were on that journey to New York City, Helga confessed to Clara that Ole Estby was not her father but a man named John Dore. Clara then left that household and started out on her own and had the good fortune to run into two other women named Olea and Louise. They gave Clara a job and also sent her to Blair Business College and from then on, they remained friends forever.

The three women moved around some and took several trips overseas and were in the fur business. They would make money and then lose the money but they always stuck together and Clara felt they were more her family than the one back home that did not want her around. It wasn't until Ole Estby died that Clara forgave her mother and they at last made peace with each other. Clara never did marry and died in 1950 at the age of 72.

Wow, what a sad and story but yet it was a good life that Clara led with her 2 friends. I only feel sad that it took all time to finally forgive her mother and that she never married. I am not going to tell you all the tidbits that make up this story because you will need to read this very good book to understand what truly happened and why. Sometimes, our lives go into totally opposite ways in which we thought that they would be. The thing to learn in this story is to try and not burn your bridges. At some point, you may need that crossing, and if you burned it, it really makes things harder to fix.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I took the picture of the book with my cranky camera although it looks like it tried it's best to go out on me by the way the book looks (very pale), so I am sorry about that. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."


crftyduchess said...

Great review, has me wanting to find out more. I will be adding this book to my wishlist. Thanks.