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Ruth Ann Bock
5.0 out of 5 starsMy great grandmother had immigrated with her brother
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
I purchased this book because I wanted to know about the conditions in Sweden in 1868-1869 that prompted the main characters to decide to leave their homeland and move with their children to the United States. My great grandmother had immigrated with her brother, her sister, her brother-in-law and their three children in the same year. This book explained the difficult circumstances in Sweden that motivated them to leave. It talked about living conditions on the ship, explained how they got to the mid-west from New York City, how they homesteaded land, and a lot more. I plan to order the next book in the series that picks up where this one left off. It gave me a very clear understanding of the hardships and struggles involved with starting a new life in a foreign country. I am a genealogist and want to know more than just names, dates, and places my ancestors lived. This book gave me the story behind the immigration and life in a new country.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
Planting Dreams by Linda Hubalek Sep 12, 2019 5 stars
What a wonderful way to experience the settling of the American West by immigrants! This family from Sweden could be my own ancestors! My mother's family came from Hungary, Sweden, Norway, and Yugoslavia! They too settled in Illinois! This book makes me want to research my own family! I hope it inspires you too!
A journey of 'how it might have been', based on family history. Skillfully written, with a light hand, the story entices the reader to stay until the end. I certainly did, consuming the book in one sitting. Recommended to readers who enjoy history, and to those who simply enjoy a clean read. I intend to continue with the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder's books as a child, you'll enjoy this.
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2012
As I began reading "Planting Dreams", I soon found myself transported in time & place with Charlotta Johansson (Johnson), the author's great-great paternal grandmother. Charlotta, her husband & their two young children prepare to emmigate from Sweden to America. The author's skillful attention to historical detail & ability to portray Charlotta's thoughts & emotions caused me to feel a connection to her that I haven't felt since I first discovered Laura Ingalls in the "Little House in the Big Woods" as a young child. This book concludes just as Charlotta's family reaches its final destination and is ready to start its new beginning as homesteaders. I can't wait to begin "Cultivating Hope" with them!
Fast read. If you want details about their daily lives this isn't the book. In a few words the author takes you into the life of this family in Sweden and how they made their decision. Once made it tells if their feelings as they pack and say goodbye to family, probably forever. How they made it to the states and what they found in embarking is interesting. Tells the story well.
5.0 out of 5 starsUnderstand ancestor’s immigration experience!
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
I bought this originally because my own ancestors immigrated from Sweden. This book added a lot to my understand. I use portions of this book in my 8th grade social studies class as a model for their own immigration journal. Book follows many state standards for social studies. Very interesting!
5.0 out of 5 starsIt is a great opportunity to view the hardships and joys through the ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2014
No matter whether your ancestors went west or not, you will find this book interesting. It is a great opportunity to view the hardships and joys through the eyes of a woman. As a genealogist it helped me get a feel for their life and how the areas grew and changed over generations. I love her books and recommend all of them.