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Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful Historical Book

I loved this book! It was so amazing and inspiring to read not only about Rosamund and Dorothy but all the different people trying to make a life of it in Colorado. They really were working hard and making the best of what they had. Of course, the two women at the middl...
I loved this book! It was so amazing and inspiring to read not only about Rosamund and Dorothy but all the different people trying to make a life of it in Colorado. They really were working hard and making the best of what they had. Of course, the two women at the middle of this book were really fantastic. They approached everything before them with an open mind and good attitudes. Coming from very wealthy backgrounds, you don't see any indication that they think they are better than the settlers in Colorado. Ros and Dotty were determined to make the most of their experiences, and this shaped their entire lives.

There was a lot of history given not only about our heroines, but also Colorado and the railroad there. Some of this was a bit dry to read. However, once the story in Colorado began in earnest, I was thoroughly engaged. I did not want to put the book down. I even found myself cheering for one potential suitor over another. You can clearly feel the personalities of the people coming through. Their stories have some interesting twists and turns, and I was so surprised by some things that happened. More than anything though, I felt like these were two women I could have been friends with. They lived their lives on their terms, and they were able to have some amazing adventures in the process. I think we could all stand to learn to take all the opportunities in our live with equal excitement. This was a great book, and I hope many people will take a chance to read it.

Galley provided by publisher for review.

posted by l_manning on June 20, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

snore city

What a disappointment! I wanted desperately to love this, since it told a parallel story to my own great grandmother's life. Good lord, could it have been any drier? I hoped for more excerpts of their letters and diaries; instead there was way too much on the permutat...
What a disappointment! I wanted desperately to love this, since it told a parallel story to my own great grandmother's life. Good lord, could it have been any drier? I hoped for more excerpts of their letters and diaries; instead there was way too much on the permutations of what people wore, ate and did for entertainment. This wasn't a treatment of women's journey toward independence, nor even a story of two intrepid teachers... It was like reading a travel journal written by someone who didn't want to dig too deeply into their experience.

posted by JuliaInPa on August 11, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Review by fancymeplainlp

    This book was extremely enjoyable. At first I thought the two upper class women were spoiled and lazy but their view of life at the school and their real life for the children made them very likeable and I found myself cheering them on remembering my first year as an inexperienced teacher. Some reviewers found the historical bits dry but I love history and turn of the century America is fascinating. I think this bits of history really brought their society and culture to live. I definitely recommend this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    OK

    I teach AP US history and I'm always looking for something new to have them read. This would be fine for a high school student.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Not as good as I expected

    I guess I expected more. I thought it was a little disjointed, slow and less interesting than I wanted it to be.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Disappointing

    Ther was a lot of backgroud information added which did not really enhace the story of these adventurous young women

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Interesting

    Tedious at times

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

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    Kind of recommended

    It's like reading a family diary. A little dry. Kind of interesting. It is well-enough written that you are drawn to the next chapter. No surprises, no imagination required. On the other hand, our country was founded by people like this and this story is one brick in that foundation.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Not a bad read.

    Admittedly, I am not a big fan of non-fiction reading...have enough reality in my life as it is and I read to escape. However, this story was interesting because of its historical content. The two women were obviously ahead of their time as they seemed to adapt to totally different surroundings more easily than most.

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