The Daughter's Walk

Val Frania

4 Stars

May 8, 2012

The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is about a young Norwegian American woman, Clara, and her mother, Helga, who walked from Spokane, Washington, to New York City in order to earn money to save the family farm that was threatened with foreclosure. They were promised $10,000 by the fashion industry to make the trip in 7 months on foot. Clara and her mother were gone for more than a year and suffered many trials and disappointments along the way that eventually led to fracturing the family and leaving Clara on her own. The story tells of how Clara lost her family and found an unusual set of friends who taught her about loyalty, success, failure, and an enduring faith. Most of the story's details can be found in actual historical events, details supplied to the author by Clara and Helga's grandchildren and great grandchildren. The story was unusual and unexpected. It was one of those books that as you read it, you wonder where the story was going. But knowing it was derived from real life women kept me wanting to finish and see the outcome. I have found real-life stories to be much more worthwhile in the long run, and this book has proven that. Anyone can weave a story that inspires and comes together in the end. This story wove the truth into an inspiration. I recommend this book to anyone who finds history and family relationships interesting regardless where the story may take them.