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The Frozen Trail [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Dayley
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Book Description

THE FROZEN TRAIL is a novella set in the American West. It is written in a simple, clear style, making it suitable for younger readers as well as adults.

In 1856 the Mormon pioneers trekked across the Great Plains in wagon trains and pulling handcarts to find a new home safe from persecution. This is the story of one 18-year-old young woman, Emma Girdlestone of the Willie Handcart Company, who faced starvation, frostbite, and death so she and her family could join their fellow Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake Valley. This work of historical fiction is dedicated to the members of the Willie Handcart Company. These courageous pioneers displayed commitment and heroism in the face of unbelievably harsh and brutal conditions while en route to Zion. It is especially dedicated to Willie Handcart member, Emma Girdlestone, who left behind a legacy of bravery, fortitude, and faith; and who, 155 years later, managed to change the life of her great-great-granddaughter Lisa Dayley, the author of this book.

"A thrill to read, Lisa Dayley crafts a genuine pioneer story with just the right mix of fact and fiction. You’ll find this book hard to put down." ~Jay Lenkersdorfer, newspaper publisher and columnist

Editorial Reviews


The winter of 1856 was an intensely bitter one, and wind nipped cruelly at the pioneers of the Willie Handcart companies as they trudged their way across the frozen plains. The experiences and hardships faced by the pioneers of those companies is something difficult to put into words, and even more difficult to understand, but Lisa Dayley has somehow done just that. --Weekly News Journal, Mini-Cassia, ID

About the Author

Lisa Dayley lives in Burley, Idaho, with her three children. She is the grandmother of one. An award winning writer and photographer, she has written for both newspapers and magazines throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dayley lived in Okinawa, Japan, for four years and later moved to Denver where she graduated from Metropolitan State College with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Creative Writing in 1995. She has been writing since she could pick up a pencil.

Product Details

  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (July 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DSAR7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing February 18, 2012
By Aloha
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I was disappointed. Initially, I looked forward to reading about the pioneers trek, but after an hour's reading - the book just ended. They reached Zion- period. Perhaps the author, who "has been writing since she could pick up a pencil" should have researched the experience more. I thought it a surface rendering of a tragic historical experience. It was a "free" book, so that made the reading less of a waste of time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing the Pioneer Spirit October 3, 2011
I personally have been a bit of a critic when it comes to pioneer stories and pioneer fiction. I was able to experience a pioneer trek and be caught in a terrible dust storm for roughly an hour. We had no place to hide but under a tarp spread over our handcarts, and by the time the storm passed, EVERYTHING we had was invaded by obnoxious grains of sand. It's hard for me to imagine what the pioneers must have felt. We had plastic tubs. They had nothing. We went in the summer. Many of them trekked through negative weather with piercing winds. We left only dolls "dead" on the trail. They left actual babies. Sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. It's hard to put those experiences into words with out minimizing all that they endured. But I feel that Lisa Dayley does a wonderful job of doing just that in her book, "The Frozen Trail." Based of journal entries and artifacts left by her great-great grandmother, Dayley pieces together a riveting historical fiction novel that puts the readers on the frozen plains with the pioneers. Definitely buy this book and give it a try!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pale and Bland March 3, 2012
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I've read a few good books about the Mormon migration, so I eagerly picked this up free recently. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

This short book starts out with a disconcerting "dream," which the author seems to be using to try to give the reader some characterization and backstory. No, Emma is not at home in England with the family, she's waking up in a blizzard on the trail in Wyoming. Apart from a few malfunctioning flashbacks, the whole story is just days slogging through snow in inappropriate clothing. So many characters are listed it is impossible to keep everyone straight. Eleven children in Emma's family alone, and numerous unrelated men, woman, and children, none of them given anything more than a name, age, and country of origin.

Lacking in plot, this book does nothing to create any sense of empathy in the reader. The pioneers plod through the snow, Emma ponders how cold and dirty and hungry they all are, and the men dig mass graves in the frozen earth as more poor souls die.
And no one ever says a harsh word to another. The dialogue is an unbelievable collection of niceties and declarations of faith and thankfulness.

This is not to demean the Mormon struggles or their faith. I just felt the author did a poor job of realistic portrayal. These people end up sounding like cartoon characters. The reader gets tired of the repetition of cold, snow, dirty, hungry, exhausted... but no worries, it's not far to Zion now, aren't we lucky to be God's chosen people!

Once a rescue mission arrives, and after a marathon amputation session, they still have 700 miles ahead of them, crammed into wagons--those who kept their appendages suffering frostbite--but this is mainly ignored. (700 miles in a wagon is a hard journey in the best circumstances.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Story...... October 23, 2011
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Wow, what a story! I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I love Pioneer Fiction, the kind detailing daily routines and real life, not just another story leading up to romance like so many Authors today. Lisa Dayley has written an outstanding book based on the true life events of her Ancestors, Mormon Pioneers. The loss and hardships are written in such a way that I felt as if I were there, a part of the scenes.
Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House on the Prairie" should love this tale of hardship, loss and triumph.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Frozen Trail March 20, 2012
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A very easy read. The point of view of the young teen girl whose family traveled across the country during the winter season. The hardships and trials bring to mind how tough our ancesters had to be to settle in this country of ours during a very different time in our history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars adventure May 9, 2012
By Hotlips
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Very interesting journey....Glad to share the trip for so many, both going and at the arrival place in the old west!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROZEN TRAIL March 19, 2012
By Woody
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Engrossing tail of historic nature. Fictional story based on fact. Fairly well documented as to accuracy. Characters are believable and inspiring. Another book about the Willie & Martin Handcart journey is FIRE OF THE COVENANT by Gerald Lund. A more thorough description of these handcart companies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Frozen Trail August 13, 2011
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I enjoyed this story of the Willie Handcart Company very much. There was a great deal of detail that helped me better understand the situation. I felt all the cold, hunger, and misery experienced by these pioneers. I also felt the strength of their spirits and their resilience in a desperate situation. I couldn't put it down until I had finished the last page. It is a remarkable story of human suffering and survival. I would recommend it highly.

Marilyn Westenskow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Lora D. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Strength
I have read many books about the travel West a lot of people died as they made the trip.. It took much courage to go through all of that.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by brenda54
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Pioneer story
I love Pioneer stories and having read so many, I recognize a lot of names. I'm not sure if this family is real or just based on combined experiences of others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Westhoff
4.0 out of 5 stars great little book
I never knew any of this information. We hear of the Pioneers and how hard it was for them.
Very interesting.
Published 5 months ago by sammyM
5.0 out of 5 stars faith abiding
I am not of the Mormon faith, but I would have considered myself blessed to have known such brave human souls. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Holly J. Deaton
4.0 out of 5 stars How many miles could you walk and pull your a handcart?
I have always admired the pioneers for their ability to keep going no matter what the hardship or
challenge. They were all amazing people. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Betty Garrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story, within a Story.
The book kept me going, even when I got sleepy I wanted to keep reading it, and it was wonderful.
Published 9 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 9 months ago by Rocky
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very captivating
The concept of this book was interesting, but the writing was all over the place. I felt more like I was reading a record of events with brief 'emotional' bits thrown in. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Morgan M. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This was a great story of faith and determination. It just goes to show you that if you want something bad enough you can get it no matter what the cost, I would recommend this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Unknojackiewn
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