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Planting Dreams: A Swedish Immigrant's Journey to America (Planting Dreams Series Book 1) by [Hubalek, Linda K.]
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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: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Butterfield Books Inc.; 2 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYVWI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
As the first in a new series (Vol 2 has just come out) on Swedish immigrants to the US in the 19th century, this book is an easy read. Most readers who are seriously interested in the subject will find it somewhat shallow and overly simplistic. This reviewer will not purchase the subsequent volume(s) for that reason. It is mildly entertaining but the serious reader would be better served by Wilhelm Moberg's four part Emigrant series.
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I really enjoyed Linda Hubalek's book about her great-great grandmother's journey from Sweden to America. She worked in emotions, thoughts, worries and joys that any woman would go through when a person made such a life-changing decision. Can you imagine leaving your family, country, and lifestyle behind to live in an unknown country where you didn't even know the language? Quite an undertaking in the 1860s. Hubalek did a good job of setting the scene for the rest of the book series, too. Cultivating Hope, the next book in the series is great...ranks right up there with her bestseller, Butter in the Well. I can't wait for her next book, Harvesting Faith, but I hear it won't be out until this September! I'll just keep re-reading her other books until the new one is out! Hubalek's
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As I began reading "Planting Dreams", I soon found myself transported in time & place with Charlotta Johansson (Johnson), the author's great-great paternal grandmother. Charlotta, her husband & their two young children prepare to emmigate from Sweden to America. The author's skillful attention to historical detail & ability to portray Charlotta's thoughts & emotions caused me to feel a connection to her that I haven't felt since I first discovered Laura Ingalls in the "Little House in the Big Woods" as a young child. This book concludes just as Charlotta's family reaches its final destination and is ready to start its new beginning as homesteaders. I can't wait to begin "Cultivating Hope" with them!
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A journey of 'how it might have been', based on family history. Skillfully written, with a light hand, the story entices the reader to stay until the end. I certainly did, consuming the book in one sitting. Recommended to readers who enjoy history, and to those who simply enjoy a clean read. I intend to continue with the series.
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I purchased this book because I wanted to know about the conditions in Sweden in 1868-1869 that prompted the main characters to decide to leave their homeland and move with their children to the United States. My great grandmother had immigrated with her brother, her sister, her brother-in-law and their three children in the same year. This book explained the difficult circumstances in Sweden that motivated them to leave. It talked about living conditions on the ship, explained how they got to the mid-west from New York City, how they homesteaded land, and a lot more. I plan to order the next book in the series that picks up where this one left off. It gave me a very clear understanding of the hardships and struggles involved with starting a new life in a foreign country. I am a genealogist and want to know more than just names, dates, and places my ancestors lived. This book gave me the story behind the immigration and life in a new country.
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Fast read. If you want details about their daily lives this isn't the book. In a few words the author takes you into the life of this family in Sweden and how they made their decision. Once made it tells if their feelings as they pack and say goodbye to family, probably forever. How they made it to the states and what they found in embarking is interesting. Tells the story well.
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No matter whether your ancestors went west or not, you will find this book interesting. It is a great opportunity to view the hardships and joys through the eyes of a woman. As a genealogist it helped me get a feel for their life and how the areas grew and changed over generations.
I love her books and recommend all of them.
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Well written story about a young Swedish family migrating to US in search of the American dream of free land and a better way of life. They are not disappointed but the American dream requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. Book 1 of 3 covers the journey to America, the selection of land and the beginning of their new life in the US. Looking forward to reading Book 2.
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