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Planting Dreams: A Swedish Immigrant's Journey to America (Planting Dreams Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Linda K. Hubalek
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Planting Dreams: A Swedish Immigrant's Journey to America, 1868-1869
Planting Dreams Series, Book 1
Can you imagine starting a journey to an unknown country in 1868, not knowing what the country would be like, where you would live, or how you would survive? Did you make the right decision to leave in the first place?
This first book in the Planting Dreams series portrays Swedish immigrant Charlotta Johnson (author Linda Hubalek’s ancestor), as she ponders the decision to leave her homeland, travel to America, and worries about her family’s future in a new country.
Each chapter is written as a thought-provoking story as the family travels to a new country to find a new life.
Why did this family leave? Drought scorched the farmland of Sweden and there was no harvest to feed families or livestock. Taxes were due and there was little money to pay them. But there were ships sailing to America, where the government gave land to anyone who wanted to claim a homestead.
Follow Charlotta and her family as they travel by ship and rail from Sweden, to their homestead on the open plains of Kansas.

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About the Author

Linda K. Hubalek has written ten historical fiction books about pioneer women that homesteaded in Kansas in the 1800s. Her book series include: Butter in the Well, Trail of Thread, and Planting Dreams. Hubalek lives in Kansas and continues to research and write about the women who made the prairie their home.

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  • File Size: 1513 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Butterfield Books Inc.; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy but pretty simplistic treatment of subject. November 29, 1998
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As the first in a new series (Vol 2 has just come out) on Swedish immigrants to the US in the 19th century, this book is an easy read. Most readers who are seriously interested in the subject will find it somewhat shallow and overly simplistic. This reviewer will not purchase the subsequent volume(s) for that reason. It is mildly entertaining but the serious reader would be better served by Wilhelm Moberg's four part Emigrant series.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed Linda Hubalek's book about her great-great grandmother's journey from Sweden to America. She worked in emotions, thoughts, worries and joys that any woman would go through when a person made such a life-changing decision. Can you imagine leaving your family, country, and lifestyle behind to live in an unknown country where you didn't even know the language? Quite an undertaking in the 1860s. Hubalek did a good job of setting the scene for the rest of the book series, too. Cultivating Hope, the next book in the series is great...ranks right up there with her bestseller, Butter in the Well. I can't wait for her next book, Harvesting Faith, but I hear it won't be out until this September! I'll just keep re-reading her other books until the new one is out! Hubalek's
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable February 3, 2013
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I truly enjoyed this book about pioneers and the the struggles they went through. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It was Well written, almost like you were living her life standing beside her. Gives a very well done view of what life as an immigrant and homesteading the prarie was really like, not the gloried romantic versions out there.I highly reccomend it, but be prepared to purchase books 2 and 3, Cultivating Hope and Harvesting Faith to carry thru with the story. You will feel as if you know the Johnson family, personally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written story... August 21, 2014
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Well written story about a young Swedish family migrating to US in search of the American dream of free land and a better way of life. They are not disappointed but the American dream requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. Book 1 of 3 covers the journey to America, the selection of land and the beginning of their new life in the US. Looking forward to reading Book 2.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of history! March 19, 2014
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Hubalek carefully and faithfully describes every step of the journey for the Johnson family. She begins with the very decision to leave their home, weighing the possibility of prosperity in a new land with the likelihood of starvation after another meager harvest in Sweden. Then it’s a wagon ride to the nearest harbor with all of their possessions, or at least everything they could reasonably carry with them. Boarding the ship reminded me a little of the story of the Titanic: wealthy passengers on the upper decks and the poor, steerage class down in the bottom. The long boat ride brings them finally to the shores of America and Ellis Island, where they soon learn to protect their money very carefully. A train-ride to Chicago, then another into rural Illinois, brings them at last to their destination.

The hope of the Johnson family as they travel is contagious and I can’t help but wish the best for them on their journey. They fully expect to become wealthy landowners in America. This is partly due to the rumors and stories they heard, but is also based on what they see with their own eyes as they travel west from New York: large farms with neat houses, healthy looking livestock, and expensive machinery to make the work simpler. The Johnson’s are fairly bursting with the desire to reach their new farm and get started and I shared in their enthusiasm. It takes a special kind of writer to illicit that kind of response from a reader I think. Hubalek did a nice job of researching the material and an even nicer job of expressing it in human terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very well written August 25, 2014
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I enjoyed this book about Swedish immigrants and their journey to this country. Their bravery, courage and hard work is a reminder to all of us what this country is made of. Tough people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great opportunity to view the hardships and joys through the...
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. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nadine creates
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read- like to learn about the old west-- try it
Published 1 month ago by judy lail
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Really appeared to give you a sense of the emotional aspects of emigration and what people endured to settle in the USA! Looking forward to more by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Blue Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I am a fan. Historical fiction is a love of mine. Well written, holds your attention! Donna51
Published 1 month ago by Donna51
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story.....
My great-grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the 1850s so I was very interested in this book. Very informative and entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Kim Stotts
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked the book well enough that I have order the next book!
Published 2 months ago by Jim Ekberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it very much--my family history is similar.
Published 2 months ago by C. Joy Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars planting dreams
I enjoyed reading about Illinois and the travels and settling there. I lived in the Illinois towns mentioned in the book and I recognized the towns by the descriptions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carol A. Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars History comes alive
Reading the Planting Dreams series of books gives me a great insight into my own background as my family with German heritage came to Kansas about the same time as Ms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gloria Schwarz
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and intriguing...bought the rest immediately
My grandparents made this trip from Sweden also...I love imagining them as neighbors!! Best kind of make believe. Fun hints of old Varmland and why they left for america
Published 6 months ago by Christine Laux
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More About the Author

Linda Hubalek grew up on the Kansas prairie, always wanting to be a farmer like her parents and ancestors. After earning a college degree in Agriculture, marriage took Linda away from Kansas as her husband worked in engineering jobs in several states.

Meanwhile, Linda wrote about pioneer women that homesteaded in Kansas between 1854 to the early 1900s, especially her Swedish immigrant ancestors. Her historical fiction book series are Butter in the Well, Trail of Thread, Planting Dreams and the Kansas Quilter.

She also has a historical western romance series called Brides with Grit.

Linda and her husband finally returned back to Kansas, where they raised American buffalo (bison) for a dozen years.

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