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

Linda Hubalek
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Book Description

Trail of Thread: A Woman's Westward Journey, Historical Letters 1854-1855
Trail of Thread Series, Book 1

Taste the dust of the road and feel the wind in your face as you travel with a Kentucky family by wagon train to the new territory of Kansas in 1854.
Find out what it was like for the thousands of families who made the cross-country journey into the unknown.

In this first book of the Trail of Thread series; in the form of letters she wrote on the journey, 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 on the wagon trail make you feel as if you pulled up stakes and are traveling with the Pieratt’s, too.

But hints of the brewing trouble ahead plagued them along the way as people questions their motive for settling in the new territory. If they are from the South, why don’t they have slaves with them? Would the Pieratt’s vote for or against legal slavery in the new state? Though Deborah does not realize it, her letters show how this trip affected her family for generations to come.

This series is based on author Linda K. Hubalek's ancestors that traveled from Kentucky to Kansas in 1854. Twelve old quilt patterns are mentioned in the letters, and the sketched designs are in the back of the book for reference.


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Butterfield Books Inc.; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VS0EWC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! July 15, 1999
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Trail of Thread January 8, 2000
Format:Paperback
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Trails West story 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of Thread (Trail of Thread Series) March 4, 2014
By lady g
Format:Kindle Edition
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
3.0 out of 5 stars I felt it was too short. The historical record ... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and hard to put down August 24, 2014
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I recently finished this series. Loved the way it was written, in the form of letters, it made the storyline very easy to follow. This series brings to light the hardships on pioneer women as they went west to settle our country. Loved this series and can honestly say that having all 3 books on my kindle made it a very enjoyable read. Thank you to Linda Hubalek for bringing this series to us, I am looking forward to hopefully more books like this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & educational!
This book, and the others in the series, are based on the author’s ancestors who moved from Kentucky to Kansas in 1854. Read more
Published 5 days ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was on the trail throughout the entire story
What a gem of a book! I felt like I was on the trail throughout the entire story.
Published 7 days ago by Darlene McGinniss
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave women who followed their men to a new life.
Anyone with a love of history should read this book. I think it should be required reading in high school. Ms. Hubalek did a lot of research for this book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Lindah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As a quilter, I found this journal of early travels and hardships very interesting. Well written.
Published 15 days ago by RosemarieMenassas
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I love historical fiction and the letter format left me able to read alittle and put it down if I got busy
Published 16 days ago by Kathy W. Prazenica
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters Home
This was a really good read. It was told by the matriarch of a family on their journey from Kentucky to Kansas. The author used actual letters from her ancestors own letters.
Published 21 days ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable history lesson
Women were seriously tough in those days.. I am ashamed to say I do not think I could have done it.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
A precious peek into the lives of our ancestors. I especially like that it written from the female perspective.
Published 1 month ago by jerri
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting story
Published 1 month ago by S. Kline
4.0 out of 5 stars Just starting it and find it very interesting. i've ...
Just starting it and find it very interesting. i've very little reading time, so I purchased the audible companion and have started listening in the car and while I'm busy around... Read more
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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.

www.LindaHubalek.com
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