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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (June 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411691458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411691452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an easy and enjoyable read.
Angry Monk.
We recently visited Alaska and the Lovel's story is still told by the railroad tour guides.
Penelope Gillett
This book is interesting from the start to finish.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2009
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I actually passed by the "Town of Sherman, AK" on 9/17/09, while taking the Alaskan Railroad south from Denali National Park to Anchorage for my cruise portion of my Alaskan Adventure. I saw this house sitting in the middle of 'nowhere' painted a unique color and then learned about it from our train cabin host. It was interesting to read about all of the work that had to go into it, just to make the and their own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2011
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After reading Mary's book I dreamed I was living her life, I was in Anchorage buying clothing for my family and had to get home on the train but I could not find out what time it left.
That is what you call getting involved in a book. A couple weeks ago we were on the train going from Anchorage to Denali and Mary and her family came out to wave to us. Upon hearing her story I immediately bought the book in the Denali visitor's center and my husband and I both have finished reading it, What courage that took for all of them and although I know I could never skin and cut up a moose or bear I am still somewhat envious of their lifestyle. I loved Alaska, as they obviously do. and I highly recommend the book to others who feel the same way,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol on August 16, 2012
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This summer our family took an Alaskan vacation. During the train ride from Whittier to Denali, we heard the story of Mary Lovel and her family. I ordered the book for the plane ride home and enjoyed every minute of it. I am planning to also read her other book someday.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Bryner on June 26, 2011
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I am Debbie, the middle child of Clyde & Mary Lovel. Having lived the dream and adventures that my mother writes about in both of her books, I highly recommend that you purchase a copy for yourself, and several more as gifts. Good reading!!Journey To A Dream
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danny walls on September 13, 2013
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My wife and I planned a trip to Alaska last month and we stayed a few nights in Talkeetna which is a small town between Anchorage and Fairbanks. There is a rail line on the Alaskan Railroad that runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer and one day a month during the winter. It's called the Hurricane flag train and it's main purpose is to provide transportation and delivery of supplies to the people that live in the bush along the line. It's a flag train because if you want to ride, you just step out from the woods and raise a piece of some type of material (a flag) and the train will stop and pick you up. While researching the train for our trip I found the names of Mary and Clyde Lovel who live in the smallest town in Alaska, Sherman, population 2. To my surprise , Mary Lovel had recently written this book which is her story of moving to Alaska from Missouri in the late 60's with her husband and 4 small children.
It is about her courage and spirit of adventure that leads Mary and her Husband to stake a claim on this land far away from neighbors and civilization. This book answered many questions for me as to why the flag train is there and why it was such a key part of their lives. As the train pasted her house in Sherman she stood at the door and waived. On the way back, she and her husband waived down the train and boarded for a trip back to Talkeetna. After all, it was Sunday and the train would not be coming back that way until the following Thursday. I spoke with them both on the train and it was a real treat to speak with the folks that lived the life I had read about and especially the woman who had penned the book.

Whether you are headed to Alaska or not; but you have always been curious what it might have been like and in her case still is; give this book a read. She has a second book that goes into more detail of many of the adventures told in the first book and is a good follow up read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Gillett on September 20, 2013
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We recently visited Alaska and the Lovel's story is still told by the railroad tour guides. Thus I had to have the book and thoroughly enjoyed the reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SavvyJ1 on June 16, 2013
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Loved it! Very enjoyable read. I like this genre - Alaskan homesteading - but it is often written by males. It was wonderful to read from a woman's perspective. It is incredible how much hard work, ingenuity and humble living the author thrived with. I'm not sure how many modern folks could do this. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerstin Gauntt on February 28, 2013
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I envy Mary , wish we could have the opportunity today to work for our land. The book was written so good and very easy to read.
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More About the Author

Mary Lovel was born on June 17th and was the first-born daughter in a family of six siblings.

Mary's parents instilled in her a strong work ethic and taught her never to be afraid of hard work, always to follow your dreams and to be a decent human being.

When Mary fell in love with Clyde Lovel, she was very young and married him on her 18th birthday. With her many responsibilities for her younger siblings Mary felt she was more than ready for a family of her own.

The true American pioneer spirit that lives in Mary's heart is conveyed to the reader in this wonderful story about life in Alaska.

"Journey To A Dream" is Mary Lovel's first book. Her description of the family's move to Alaska and life on the homestead including the many adventures, joys, hardships and surprises, truly leaves us with a feeling of awe and respect for this amazing, brave, hard working, 'never give up' family who followed their dream to the great state of Alaska, raised their family, and continue to live a happy life, surrounded by the pristine beauty that abounds.

Mary's second book, "Suddenly It's Spring" (released in the summer of 2010) is the sequel to "Journey To A Dream". The true life adventure of raising a family on an Alaska homestead is an exciting read. Many have written to Mary to thank her for sharing her inspirational story.

To learn more about Mary T. Lovel you can visit her website at: shermanpublishing.webs.com - where she has posted dozens of photos, you can join the site, (just like Facebook or myspace) request friends, chat, see what other readers have written about her books, check the calendar for the schedule of book signings and, of course, buy books.

Mary and Clyde Lovel celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in June of 2010. They still live on the homestead, even though the children have all grown up and have lives and homes of their own. Mary travels all over Alaska for book signings and personal appearances. She enjoys getting back to the peaceful quiet surroundings of her homestead to take the occasional break from the life of a local celebrity.

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