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Bess II: Into the Wind by [Charles Cranston Jett]

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Bess II: Into the Wind Kindle Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
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Editorial Reviews


Rochelle Weber - Roses  &  Thorns Reviews
Bess Parker was an incredible young woman. At the age of twenty-one she left her parents' home and crossed North Dakota to homestead--alone. I admire the young couples who struck out across the country to claim their hundred-sixty acres and "prove it up" so that in five years they would own the land, but a young woman doing so on her own was practically unheard of. Bess not only proved up her own acreage, she bought adjoining plots from neighbors who gave up or moved.

Bess married and had four children. While each book stands alone, this one picks up where the first left off when Bess's alcoholic husband left her with four young children and covers the next several years until her two elder daughters move off the land to attend high school in Chicago.

Bess wasn't too upset when her husband left, as she was never really in love with him. She was a lesbian who tolerated marriage because it was the thing to do, and because she wanted children. Once her husband left, she fell in love with the local school teacher, Anna Mathews who eventually moved in with the family. The ladies faced persecution from a group of strictly religious people who eventually took over the school board and ousted Anna from her beloved job.

Bess II takes us from the days of horses and buggies to the Model T and tractors and follows the lives of two women living together on the prairie. It's a tasteful, loving, honest account of an incredible lady and her unconventional family written by her devoted grandson, and it's not just an historic account; it's a great read! Carve out a day or two because you won't want to put it down.

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Bess II - Into the Wind is a continuation of the story of this strong woman who faced the perils of the early prairie homesteading years. The story is based on a real character, but the genre is historical fiction. So some of the stories are not real but contribute to the character of this woman. The setting - far southwestern North Dakota - and the time period and events are real.

Product details

  • Publisher : Outskirts Press, Inc. (July 5, 2018)
  • Publication Date : July 5, 2018
  • File Size : 2025 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 337 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07F9Y8W4C
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 21 ratings