It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.
Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.
Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they'll need all their strength - and one another.
©2016 Libbie Hawker (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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I LOVE historical fiction and this book has become one of my new favorites! After the story is over the author goes into more detail about the real Mercer party and how she inspiration form the women who made the journey to Seattle and their role in settling the new city. The characters are each lovely in their own way and do much to show different points of view of their situations. While it is a longer book to listen to, I found myself listening to it for multiple hours at a time and thinking about it after I had paused the story. If you enjoy historical fiction you'll love this story, absolutely worth the credit!
"Slow start but give it time"
It was hard to stick with it at first. But once i got a quarter of the way through i couldn't put it down. I love how it reflects history within the story!
"Love her voice"
Not only is this a good book but the narrators voice is easy to listen to..... pleasant may I dare say. Often times the story of a book is great but I can't get over the narrators voice so I don't listen. But in the case of this audiobook, I've listened to it 3 times.
well written and well narrated...bravo! very entertaining and a great history lesson to boot! I will definitely read this author again.
"Will listen to it again."
The narration was very good on this book. I enjoyed the storyline and stretched it out at bedtimes. Now I will listen to it again in bigger chunks as I am sure I missed things. A keeper!
"great historical read"
Real historical background in this book,woven into a very interesting plot. Recommend this book very highly.
The friendship that develops aming the three main characters survives great differences. An amazing look at an important part of Seattle history.
I loved this story from beginning to end. The narration was just okay though. I got used to it by the end.
The blending of the lives of the main characters and history was done seamlessly. The interactions between the characters was so believable, I could imagine their comings and goings. I absolutely loved the book!
"And excellent story fiction novel"
. I found it very interesting especially when I lived in Seattle Washington state and had gone on the underground tour back in the 1960s . It's an interesting historical based fiction novel . If you love history end historical stories from Western Washington state this book is for you . It is well written and excellent English .
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