It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.
Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.
Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they'll need all their strength - and one another.
©2016 Libbie Hawker (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I LOVE historical fiction and this book has become one of my new favorites! After the story is over the author goes into more detail about the real Mercer party and how she inspiration form the women who made the journey to Seattle and their role in settling the new city. The characters are each lovely in their own way and do much to show different points of view of their situations. While it is a longer book to listen to, I found myself listening to it for multiple hours at a time and thinking about it after I had paused the story. If you enjoy historical fiction you'll love this story, absolutely worth the credit!
The blending of the lives of the main characters and history was done seamlessly. The interactions between the characters was so believable, I could imagine their comings and goings. I absolutely loved the book!
. I found it very interesting especially when I lived in Seattle Washington state and had gone on the underground tour back in the 1960s . It's an interesting historical based fiction novel . If you love history end historical stories from Western Washington state this book is for you . It is well written and excellent English .
I was unable to finish this book or even listen past four chapters I was so distracted by the narrator's over enunciation although she does Express Yourself quite well a little less time on stage and more time recording would have been advised. The writing is not great it's not horrible but it's not great expect more.
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