- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Heart of the Trail: The Stories of Eight Wagon Train Women Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 1997
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From the Back Cover
About the Author
Mary Barmeyer O'Brien is the author of "Heart of the Trail, Into the Western Winds, Toward the Setting Sun," and "Bright Star in the Big Sky," a biography of Montana's Jeannette Rankin. She lives in Polson, Montana.
--This text refers to the Unbound edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I think this would be a good introduction to anyone not at all familiar with this part of our history, and would hopefully pique their interest to go on and read more in depth accounts, including the actual diaries of the women.
There was nothing here about how they coped with emergencies, or daily lives on a personal level, except as a high level gloss. Personal things, such as how they dealt with babies and diapers would probably not have been mentioned in their actual diaries and or letters home. That would have been considered women's work, and of no importance to record, as all the women would have known. And the men wouldn't have cared what they thought, let alone read the diaries.
I really wish the author had written longer stories with more usable information, given the women 50-60 pages each, and used more quotes from their diaries and letters. Unfortunately, the lack of information in this book make me hesitate to buy any of her other books, though I see she has several out about the same era and subject.
Whether you feel a territorial kinship with this book or just want to read thru the touching journals of 8 wagon train women, you will not be disappointed and you can't walk away with your heart untouched by the bravery & fortitude of the individual authors. It's a short book .. a quick read .. buy this book and you won't be sorry.
This is a diverse set of women and an equally diverse set of situations. Two women are essentially enjoying a honeymoon as they journey to a new home and a new life. Some of the women faced a great deal of hardship, in fact one so damaged her health that she died only a year and a half after reaching California. One of the most heartwarming stories is of a black woman. Most were young, although Tabitha Moffatt Brown was sixty-six when she made the journey over the Oregon Trail in 1846.
Each woman traveled a different trail and between them they covered nearly all of the trails west. The author has included a wonderful map showing the route of each. Some traveled as part of large wagon trains and others traveled alone or in small groups. The destinations were also diverse: Oregon, California, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico.
These women represent the early settlers of the west. Although a few were seeking gold, most came with a goal of establishing themselves. In many cases, they were among the first settlers in their communities. They set up schools; Tabitha Brown's school grew to be Oregon's Pacific University. They helped start churches and launched charities.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the diversity of these women extra interesting. The one who impressed me the most was the story of the black woman who became a successful business woman.Published 6 months ago by Norma Schmidt
Excellent transaction: quick, easy, very pleasant, great book Thanks again!Published 6 months ago by Jacquelynn Seymour
just finished reading ti this morning. Love all the books of diaries from way back!Published 18 months ago by Bergetta F Monroe
Very happy with purchase...not so happy about having to come up with a limit of words that I have to use.Published on November 14, 2013 by artsmith
The book arrived on time with no tears and in good shape. I have no complaints about this particular product.Published on December 13, 2012 by Codey C. Long