Jane Kirkpatrick never disappoints. Once again, in The Daughterâ€™s Walk, she has brought to the page the story of strong women during a time in our countryâ€™s history that found many families struggling to maintain their familyâ€™s income and home and women struggling to find their place in society, the work force and politics.
Helga Estby and her daughter, Clara, and their historical attempt to walk the breadth of our country was undertaken in an effort to save the familyâ€™s farm in Washington state. The story of the Estby womenâ€™s walk is true to a point, that point being Helga and Claraâ€™s return home to devastating news.
Here, Kirkpatrick draws on her research skills to learn more about Clara and where her journey then led her. With information provided by newspaper records, document records and conversations with descendants of Helga and Claraâ€™s, she is able to piece together historical facts with the product of a gifted imagination to weave Claraâ€™s story through the next several years. Many characters are founded in fact, and many are created by Kirkpatrickâ€™s unique ability to thread the story with characters of her own creation.
This intricate tapestry, woven on a colorful background of people and places, causes the reader to sometimes pause to ponder oneâ€™s own life journey, including loss, separation and often exile. Questions come to mind as to why these things happened, and is it possible to achieve forgiveness and renewed relationships after what seems like too many years have passed.
Kirkpatrick offers her readers stories of real women, who have exhibited the strength and wit to make a difference in family, faith and the history of our great country. To read Kirkpatrickâ€™s works is to become a lover of history and the women who played a role in forming it.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.