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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Incredible story!

In 1896, Helga Estby and her daughter Clara, journey on foot from Spokane, Washington to New York City in a desperate attempt to save their family farm. Much to the dissatisfaction of their community, they leave their family behind to make the six month trek across the...
In 1896, Helga Estby and her daughter Clara, journey on foot from Spokane, Washington to New York City in a desperate attempt to save their family farm. Much to the dissatisfaction of their community, they leave their family behind to make the six month trek across the county. During the time spent on their walk, Helga reveals a deep secret that alters her perception of her family.
Upon their return to Spokane, several years later, Clara continues to walk. . .but this time away from her family. She relocates and changes her name, leaving a rift between her and the ones she loves the most. Based off a true story, Jane Kirkpatrick explores Clara's life that follows the great walk of 1896.

I'm not sure how to sum up my experience with this book, except to say that this story is like none I've ever read. It gripped me and fascinated me in a way that no other work of fiction has ever done. The tone of this novel differed from other novels, but that didn't deter me.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick is a master at bringing real-life figures into pages of fiction. Since this book is written in first-person, and because Mrs. Kirkpatrick does such an outstanding job with these characters, I constantly I had to remind myself that I was reading a piece of fiction and not Clara's actual biography.

This book is not your typical work of fiction. I found the pace a little slow, yet every second equally compelling. I'm not sure how the author accomplished that, but somehow, for this novel, it truly works.

The Daughter's Walk tore at my emotions and touched me deeply. This is a fascinating fictional account about a young woman who forges on in a time when women were undervalued and fighting for their rights.

I highly recommend this story. Readers who enjoy Nancy Moser's fictional accounts of real-life figures will devour The Daughter's Walk. Anyone who reads this story will come away with a new perspective on forgiveness and family.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

posted by Hollysmith on July 23, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not for me!

Honestly, I did NOT enjoy this book. I really had to push myself to read some each day until I had finally finished it. I guess Historical Fiction is not for me, or at least this one in particular wasn't! Basically the book is about a mother and daughter who make the de...
Honestly, I did NOT enjoy this book. I really had to push myself to read some each day until I had finally finished it. I guess Historical Fiction is not for me, or at least this one in particular wasn't! Basically the book is about a mother and daughter who make the decision to leave their family and home to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City for a chance to win $10,000 which would save their family farm. Clara, the daughter was uncertain about going, but went ahead with her mother. Through awful circumstances and many disagreements with her mother Clara learned a lot about herself on their journey. Remember that this story took place in 1896 when women had very few rights. When the pair had to return home without the prize money, they were shunned and looked down upon by their entire community. Helga, Clara's mother was forced to live in submission of her husband. Clara did not want this lifestyle for herself so she chose once again to leave home and family behind. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

posted by we5kings on March 21, 2011

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Not so much, I would pass.

    A Daughter's Walk is the story (based on actual people) of a mother-daughter team who decide to walk across the United States, sponsored by a group of investors to promote dresses (that ladies can walk in) and save the family farm at the turn of the 20th century (an actual time). I think this is where actual history and fictional history part ways and the author takes over in the storytelling department. The story becomes a basic prodigal story without the squandering of inherited fortune and without the loving father taking back the wayward daughter.
    I did not really enjoy this book. I got through it but I found it tedious and mundane. Each of the story elements seemed to be attempts to be historical fiction. Yes, I do know that should be an accomplishment, given it's intended genre. But what I mean is the author seemed to be working to make it historical in nature. She has entire paragraphs where she attempts to show the passing of time by almost listing the things she found out about the period when she was conducting research. It is not woven into the story, it is an obvious "this is the time we are talking about" device.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    "The Daughter's Walk" by Jane Kirkpatrick

    In 1896 Helga Estby decides to commence on a journey from Spokane,Washington, to New York City with her eldest daughter Clara.If they make it to New York City in seven months by ONLY walking they receive $10,000 so that they can save their farm. Unfortunately Clara and her mother don't reach their destination within the time limit, so they receive absolutely nothing. They return to their home about a year later, empty-handed. Later on Clara decides to leave her family (for good reason) and changes her name. The separation between her and her family lasts for about 20 years and when she returns many things are not as they once were. Something that surprised me about this novel was that it's actually based on a true story. I almost cried a few times in it, it was very heartbreaking to see how her and her family didn't get along. The story had its ups and downs but, honesty...I didn't enjoy reading this at all it was boring and there were many times were I didn't want to keep going. I guess it depends on the person reading the story because it was inspiring it just wasnt...intresting. I personally didn't like it but that doesn't mean others won't enjoy it.

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