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Publisher's Summary

Discover the stories of 12 women who heard the call to settle the West and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journeys.

As a slave Clara watched helplessly as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter as a free woman six decades later.

As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver who ever lived.

As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of America's native people.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

©2016 Marianne Monson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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enjoyable and relevant

I enjoy true stories about people's lives. These did not disappoint! I like how the author discussed each at the end of the chapters. The narration was also very well done.

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Great stories

I enjoyed this book so much, and felt each chapter brought to life important women. I found this book very inspiring.

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Miss Aligned Dates

Thought this was historical, but story stated one of the subjects traveled from San Francisco to Washington DC via the Panama Canal - to see Lincoln during the Civil War. We’re some other misses too so quit listening.

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Courageous and tenacious women!

Frontier Grit The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women By: Marianne Monson Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer This is a remarkable collection of strong women who, each in their own way, conquered the west and the barriers that was placed in front of them with courage and tenacious gumption. It tells of 12 women from different walks of life, totally different stories, but all very intriguing and interesting! This was a free listen with Audible Plus! Recommend it highly! Terrific narration also!

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Informative, entertaining, and educational

I really enjoyed this book. I have always loved history and these stories were very riveting. I would strongly recommend this book.

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Great Book!

I loved the book, it was inspirational. Each chapter was about a different woman. I wish however the chapters were labeled with their names.

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Love learning about strong women in history

Inspiring. love learning about the strong pioneer women. They truly had grit! something we could all get more of these days.

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I Love This Book!!!!!!

I've been researching strong women for decades, particularly women during pioneer times and places in anticipation of writing a book about my female ancestors. This book is right at the top of "the best" of books for both my research and my entertainment. The voice is compelling, the information fascinating, and although I thought I was well informed on the subject, these women were new to me. What a fabulous book for anyone interested in learning about the diversity of strengths to be found in both the gender as a whole, and the women she individually describes. I was sorry when I came to the end of the book and could have listened to many more of these true stories. Oh! And that is another thing absolutely and completely top-notch. She is 100% citable in all aspects of her reporting. If she has no "proof," she says so. But 98% of the stories are 100% proven by the vast and varied research she has done on each woman. Bravo!

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Women Pioneers

Listen to the stories of these amazing women who accomplished great things in the beginning of American history. These women were tough, compassionate, and smart. They started businesses, lost family, suffered and gave us a great heritage. Highly recommend!

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Lessons will be learned or will they?

Another book about female power but this one is different from those that deal in role reversal though they might pretend otherwise. These women are gutsy and resilient. the book is a series of short stories about frontier women with lessons to be learned or morals to be drawn at the end of each which I personally find stultifying which why it doesn’t get five stars. The naration is a bit childish for my taste as well. I don’t go in for feminism seeing that really it hides a reater truth that being that women generally only want a slice of the power they so despise in the hands of men but this one is interesting in its way as well as promoting girl power when it really did make a difference. It’s a feminist’s book but better than most you’ll find I think.