A mother's tragedy, a daughter's desire and the 7000 mile journey that changed their lives.
In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen year-old daughter Clara, the two made their way on the 3500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks and motivated by the money they needed to save the family farm. After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone by leaving the family and changing her name. Her decisions initiated a more than 20-year separation from the only life she had known.
Historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick picks up where the fact of the Estbys’ walk leaves off to explore Clara's continued journey. What motivated Clara to take such a risk in an era when many women struggled with the issues of rights and independence? And what personal revelations brought Clara to the end of her lonely road? The Daughter's Walk weaves personal history and fiction together to invite readers to consider their own journeys and family separations, to help determine what exile and forgiveness are truly about.
The Daughter's Walk is the incredible story about a daughter (Clara) and her mother (Helga) who walked across the country. Walked!! Can you even imagined? These two ladies were amazing and after having read their story I feel like I know them. The first part of the book is about their amazing journey and the second half of the book is about Clara and her walk in this world. It's a touching story and it makes you think about your own life. How we sometimes forge ahead without waiting on God to direct our steps. Or how holding on to bitterness only ends up hurting you and those you love. The Daughter's Walk is an amazing story that I highly recommend.
*I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review*