Amazing story, especially when we learned it is based on a true story. This is a must read! A bit gruesome but something we all need to understand.
This story is a gift of wonder; each evenings reading dug deeper. That she was young, married with child, experiencing the loss of some of her family during an Indian massacre; kidnapped and made to travel while walking, riding and crossing waters in a canoe ... and I tell you it is only the beginning of a tale so wonderfully presented, so crude a life she led, yet I so admire this pioneer lady we often hear about, so seldom get to know as well as we do with each reading. Thanks to the reader who did a great job, the author, and the amazing lady who chose to live and follow the river to her home. I am exhausted and grateful.
This is a compelling narrative about a woman who survived unimaginable loss when she and her sons were captured by Indians. Taken hundreds of miles away from her home, she survived by demonstrating courage and dignity. Her determination to return to her husband led her to make heartbreaking decisions and suffer incredible privation, nearly dying as she retraced her path barefoot and starving.
This is an excellent book! I only listen on my commute twice a week and couldn't wait for the time to come again so I could hear more. Some parts (describing the massacre) were a little gruesome, but necessary. The reader used several voices and did a great job, kept it very interesting. It did get a little long at times, but overall I loved it.
Follow the River is likely in the top 25% of my most liked books. The descriptive properties are tangible, like you are suffering and seeing the story unfold with the lead character.
I liked that the story did not end with the return to Mary's settlement. Surprisingly, there is actual documentation that followed her life and showed that her return was a new beginning with details of past not forgotten.
Gretel, a fiesty old dutch woman that was strong and had moments of complete demented behavior, a God send to Mary.
This story is nearly unbelievable except that there is documentation to substantiate a truthful existance. How Mary and Gretel survived is a true miracle. It is incredible that they had no heat, no food to speak of for days on end, no clothing, no shoes, and for much of the story no weapons. They walked nearly 1000 miles and lived to tell about their struggles. It does give credence to the old adage of Love conquers all.
Some passages were very difficult in their detailed descriptions, but I couldn't stop listening to this story. Very well done on all counts.