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Jessie (Real Women of the American West, Book 4) by [Alter, Judy]
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Book 4 of 4 in Real Women of the American West (4 Book Series)

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Length: 436 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

Alter's re-creation of Jessie Ann Benton Fremont's (1824-1902) exceptional life lulls the reader into forgetting that it is fiction. The winner of a Spur for Mattie, Alter is a meticulous researcher but never at the expense of the skillful first-person narrative. Jessie was the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton (great-uncle of the painter) and an outspoken, ambitious, brilliant woman in a time not quite ready for her. At 17, she eloped with the handsome, clever and illegitimate John Charles Fremont, bringing to him the political cunning and connections that helped build his reknown as an explorer of the West. Plucky Jessie (with kids in tow) sometimes joined John in his globe-trotting?out to California gold country via Panama and Europe?and helped him write widely read reports on the West. Fremont's undertakings (and consequently Jessie's) were not always successful?he was, as Alter's heroine describes him, an "explorer, topographer, soldier of fortune, presidential candidate, senator, governor, mining king, and, sometimes, bankrupt failure, court-martialed soldier, disgraced businessman." This is a subtle portrait of the Fremonts' relationship, one balancing warmth, humor, passion and a realistic sense of maturing love. Alter's characters (including Bret Harte and Lincoln) are believable and very human. Given the overall excellence of this work, one can easily forgive the odd cliche.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA?This historical novel reads as though its heroine were right in the room recounting the vivid details of her varied experiences. Readers are immediately drawn into the era of Manifest Destiny as Jessie Benton serves as her father's hostess and clerical assistant. Later, she helps her explorer, naturalist, and political candidate husband, John Charles Fremont, with similar duties. These writing skills serve her in good stead as she becomes an author in her own right. The action moves quickly through many locales, all of which are accurately described. YAs will immediately relate to the opening scene in which teenaged Jessie rebels against her parents. Insight is given beyond the events themselves: John Fremont recounts his own dangerous expeditions, and Jessie freely gives her opinions, including criticisms of many public figures. Alter's concluding chapter explains her sources and reasons for bringing to life the spirit of this unusual lady of America's past. Good entertainment and a history lesson from a shrewd observer.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2894 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (July 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0121MFC9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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