The Daughter's Walk-Review

The Daughter's Walk
By Jane Kirkpatrick
Published by Waterbrook Press
Published on April 5, 2011

Nineteen-year-old Clara Estby is hauled by her mother, Helga, on a 7,000-mile walk from Spokane, Wash., to New York in 1896. The fashion industry is looking for promotion of the new, shorter dress for women; Helga is looking for a 10 ,000 prize to save the family farm from foreclosure. The historically factual walk is only the first half of the book; the rest follows Clara after she leaves her family, becomes a businesswoman, and makes her way as times change for women at the turn of the century.  - From Publishers Weekley

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I expected more of the book to be about Clara and Helga's walk to New York, but that seemed to only be about the first third of the book (meaning on the first third involved Clara, Helga, and their family).  The rest of the book spans Clara's remaining life and talking about her journey beyond her family.

I thought that the characters in this book were well developed and the plot was paced well.  I felt very sorry for Clara- she never seemed to have any good happen to her.  This is definitely not a book to read if you are looking for a light and fluffy book.  The author deals with Clara's family problems in an honest and refreshing way.  It was downright painful for some pages of the book.
Read this book- you will absolutely enjoy it.

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