What a fantastic book! The Daughter's Walk is about about a young woman, Clara, who is forced by her mother, a suffragette, to walk across the nation by a specific deadline. The two women would be paid for advertising a new style of dress, in support of the developing feminist movement. Against her better judgment and her family's wishes, she gives up her job as a domestic and accompanies her mother. Along they way the face danger and heartache, learn secrets, and develop a new appreciation for each other.
I decided to read The Daughter's Walk primarily because it is based on a true historical event. Jane Kirkpatrick not only did a great job with her thorough research, but with capturing the emotions of the characters and the sentiment of the time period. Women had a place, and it was not out strutting new fashions or walking for causes.
When the two finally return after many misfortunes, they are not welcomed with open arms. Eventually, Clara feels forced to leave her family. She is taken in by two wealthy business women who see a promising future in Clara. Clara struggles with the emotional loss of her family, and although she pursues her dreams of becoming self-sufficient, you can tell there is always a longing in Clara to reconnect with what mattered the most to her.
There were many parts of the book that could be considered dreary or gloomy, but in reality, that is life, and we must figure out how to either change our situation, or deal with it. I myself found the book interesting and delightful to read, and enjoyed a peak at that time in history.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.