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Trail of Thread: A Woman's Westward Journey (Trail of Thread Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Trail Of Thread is an historical fiction in the form of letters written by a woman in the years 1854-1855 as her Kentucky family traveled by wagon trail to the new territory of Kansas. Deborah Pieratt describes the scenery, the everyday events on the trail, and the task of taking care of her family. Stories of humor and despair, along with her ongoing remarks about camping, cooking, and quilting, make the reader feel as if they had pulled up stakes and went traveling with the Pieratts, too. But hints of the brewing trouble ahead plagued them along the way as people questioned their motive for settling in the new Kansas territory. Why didn't a Southern family have slaves with them? Would the Pieratts vote for or against legal slavery in the new state? Though Deborah didn't realize it, her letters show how this trip affected her family for generations to come. Author Linda Hubalek has paid meticulous attention to historical accuracy and background in this superlative fiction. --Midwest Book Review

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: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Butterfield Books Inc.; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VS0EWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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.

www.LindaHubalek.com
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book about a family traveling from Kentucky to Kansas. The story is told by Deborah Pieratt in letter form to her mother, Betsy Goodpaster. Deborah wrote to her mother about everything that happened along the way to her new home. She faces many diffuculties on her long journey including a cyclone. She explains how hard it is to raise a family while traveling to a place she has never seen. I would recommend that anyone who loves to read should pick up this book. If you do, I hope you enjoy it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MARIAN A SPAIN on January 8, 2000
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The book was very interesting and showed the challenge and hardship of westward travel in a covered wagon. I wish the author had told more about the quilts or maybe even provided patterns. I would read the whole series for the historical value.
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It is amazing how much detail Hubalek packs in her narrative, and this wealth paints a clear picture of what travel was like at the time. Deborah Pieratt had no voice in the decision to move from Kentucky to Kansas; it was a "done deal" when the menfolk in her family told her what was going to happen. In her letters back home to family members, Deborah tells us how difficult it was to pack the wagons for the journey, how heartbreaking it sometimes was to make one choice after another: should it stay or can it go?

She tells of the hazards of crossing rivers and streams, of how fraught with danger stopping in towns along the way could be when the question of slavery was already in the process of ripping the country apart. If any reader has romantic notions of traveling in a covered wagon, Deborah Pieratt dispels them in her letters-- especially when talking about trying to get clothes clean and personal hygiene. Never-ending dirt and danger, uncooperative weather, trying to get meals cooked, sick children cared for, and waves of homesickness and longing for family and friends whom she would never see again-- all these things and many more comprise Deborah's journey west. Once in Kansas and finding the land they would call home, Deborah and her family have no time to rest. They immediately have to build some sort of shelter and get crops planted so they will be able to eat.

Trail of Thread is a fascinating little volume that sheds so much light on this period of expansion in America. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in pioneer life and women's history, and I'll be keeping an eye peeled for other books in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy Wright on July 1, 2014
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This book is very well written. It is different from the more common stories of pioneers traveling to Oregon or California. These folks went from Kentucky to Kansas when the area that is now Kansas first opened for settlers. They planned their trip well, and they walked the entire way. Usually I don't care for books that are a series of letters...but this author was able to pull it off and keep the story moving and interesting all the way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JJ on May 5, 2012
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This book is letters written by a Woman who wagon trained in the olden days, I enjoyed the references to sewing during the trip, hardships they survived and the quilt patterns they used. Makes me realize how spoiled we are today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lady g on March 4, 2014
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I won the audibile version in a contest .A historical fiction type of book set in 1854. The story is told through letters a Mother writes when her life is uprooted, when her Husband and his brothers decide to move to Kansas the promised land. Along the way she shares quilt patterns with other settlers and travelors. It took them 66 days to travel 750 miles. while waiting near Westport landing for her husband to return from a scouting trip to Kansas, she is in a large group of wagons when a cyclone hits. I can imagine how scared she was/ The book is a fictional version of the real trip the authors Great-Great-Great Grandmother took to Kansas in 1854. I truly enjoyed this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Niemi on August 18, 2014
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I felt it was too short. The historical record was interesting. It was enjoyable to read and ended too soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladybugs8453 on June 15, 2014
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What a well written story told in letters that speaks of the hardships homesteaders faced in their travels. Their courage says so much about their character and drive to better their lives and their children's. I can't imagine saying good bye to family and home knowing you won't see them or it again. I feel almost guilty about our modern lives and give thanks for the modern conveniences we so enjoy. I'm glad to have journeyed with Deborah on this trail of threads. At the end I looked at their family records and saw how young she died. Very informative, and extremely enjoyable. A peek into the past.
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