About the Book
These are the stories of twelve women who "heard the call" to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey: the East Coast, Europe, and as far away as New Zealand. They endured unimaginable hardships just to get to their destination and then the next phase of the story begins. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. All the women in this book did extraordinary things. One became a stagecoach driver, disguised as a man. One became a frontier doctor. One was a Gold Rush hotel and restaurant entrepreneur. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world, for which there are inspiring lessons to be learned for the modern woman.
About the Author
Since she was a very young child, Marianne Monson has been fascinated by the power of words (and even tried inventing her own language for a time). After earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from BYU, she continued her study at Vermont College of Fine Arts, earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Since then, she has worked as an editor/art director of children’s books, authored eight books and counting for children and adults, and continues editing and writing for a variety of audiences, including magazines, books, blogs, and other publications.
She teaches Creative Writing and English at Portland Community College. Her two children are often featured in her work (and are self-confessed logophiles as well).
Marianne Monson has put together some fascinating and enjoyable stories of brave and strong women from the western frontier. These women traveled and fought for what they believed in, inspiring all of us, especially women. These stories are filled with fun and interesting facts from each women’s life. I love how these women are different from each other, but show the same courage and gumption in life. I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy stories about strong women and enjoy reading about historical events.
Genre: historical, feminism, non-fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Number of pages: 208
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 4 stars
A review copy of this book was provided by Shadow Mountain Publishing.
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