I always enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick’s writing! she does a great job with descriptive writing and characterization.
I found the characters in this historical novel a little frustrating as she portrayed attitudes that were widely accepted for this period of history and in this type of story. Emma Giesy was done very realistically though and her struggles to accept decisions that she often was not asked for any input on, was very believable.
It could not have been easy for Mrs. Kirkpatrick to imagine the character’s motivations, interactions and even dialogue and I think she did a wonderful job with this story. I enjoyed reading about the journey to Washington and wondering how I would have done, on a journey in the 1800’s on horse(mule) back, expecting a baby. Emma Giesy was strong and determined and I enjoyed very much this story of what her life may have been like as part of the early settlement in Washington State.