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Trail of Thread: A Woman's Westward Journey (Trail of Thread Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There were quite a few typos and other errors that I think the editor should have found and corrected. If it weren't for those, I might give the book 5 stars since the author gave me a much better idea of what it must have been like for the women who moved west in the mid 1800's.
I was surprised to learn the many things they needed to pack and all the work they had to do along the way. I certainly appreciate the gumption all those settlers must have had to travel so far to a place they had not yet seen.
The trials and tribulations of every river crossing was just heartbreaking. To the "helpful" folks who would sell them cheese.. and then find out later down the road that the cheese was actually rotten. Most of all.. how they clinged to each other as a family.. while missing all of the rest of their family behind. Knowing that the last time they saw one another would truly probably be.. the last time they ever saw one another again.
This story will quickly work it's way into your heart. To think.. all who grew up in the West.. came from stock such as this! :)
This was a great little book about the one family’s adventures as they move west. I really enjoyed all the small things that went into this tale. For instance, as the Pieratts travel, they meet other travelers who share with them tips of the trail, like stick bread. I want to try stick bread this summer. You take a flour sack, put some flour in it, make a small center, add water, tie up the sack, set on a stick that is upright in the ground near the campfire, and throughout the evening give a tap or spin. Sooner or later, you get a kind of bread.
There were also lots of quilt pattern sharing going on in this book. While there were tons of chores to be done every day, there were also periods where all you had to do was stay on the wagon as the oxen pulled you ever closer to the western horizon. So quilting was a common, transportable hobby. I did not realize this before, but apparently quilting patterns were so treasured that one could trade a pattern for a bit of bread or cheese along the road.
Not everything was rosy and sunny for the Pieratts as they made their way towards Kansas. The biggest problem was the elements – dangerous river crossings, unpredictable weather, etc. So there’s a little drama in this book showing the hazards of the road.
A great mix of the entertaining and educational, definitely worth the read (or listen)!
Narration: Pam Dougherty did a great job with the regional accents in this book and with Deborah’s voice as she wrote home about her travels. She really imbued Deborah’s letters with emotion – happy, sad, troubled, desperate, elated, tired. Excellent narration!
***Spoiler Alert......You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read the family chart and saw when she died. I felt like she was a close friend and mourned her.
I felt as though I had found a treasure trove of old letters to a relative as I read this book... as that is the style in which it's written.
As I said, the book kept me totally interested from beginning to end.