A Name of Her Own

A Name of Her Own

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by Jane Kirkpatrick
     
 

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Based on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, A Name of Her Own is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman’s fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together.

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Based on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, A Name of Her Own is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman’s fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together.

With two rambunctious young sons to raise, Marie Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads West with the Wilson Hunt Astoria expedition of 1811. Faced with hostile landscapes, an untried expedition leader, and her volatile husband, Marie finds that the daring act she hoped would bind her family together may in the end tear them apart.

On the journey, Marie meets up with the famous Lewis and Clark interpreter, Sacagawea. Both are Indian women married to mixed-blood men of French Canadian and Indian descent, both are pregnant, both traveled with expeditions led by white men, and both are raising sons in a white world.

Together, the women forge a friendship that will strengthen and uphold Marie long after they part, even as she faces the greatest crisis of her life, and as she fights for her family’s very survival with the courage and gritty determination that can only be fueled by a mother’s love.



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Editorial Reviews

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“A truly fine book.”
–The Denver Post

“Jane Kirkpatrick has…created her own genre of fiction.”
–Statesman Journal

"Impeccably written."
–Romantic Times, Four-Star Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307568823
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
105,093
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two non-fiction books and seven novels, including the award-winning A Sweetness to the Soul and the acclaimed Kinship and Courage series: All Together in One Place, No Eye Can See, and What Once We Loved. She and her husband Jerry ranch 160 acres in Eastern Oregon.


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Name of Her Own 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book one in a series of three. I am so glad I have book two and three to read. This wonderful historical novel is based on a true person and her trek across the west. The novel includes: death, abuse, love, courage, faith, friendships, fear, amazing determination, alcohol issues, chldren, and more. The book includes a map and a list of characters - noting which ones were actually part of history. I highly, highly recommend! This book deserves an A+++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series!! I love this book and the other two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And it all really happened.
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Pamster1 More than 1 year ago
This is my 4th book of Janes...Love them all! I read while on the treadmill...Before I know it i've been walking with her for miles!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Kirkpatrick has done it again. Another series that warms the heart. True historical facts interspersed with characters who show inspiration and courage. We should have more Marie Dorian's in todays world. Just started JK's Every Fixed Star and can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A prime example of the old west traders and trailblazers fiction at its historical best. A book to read slowly, not so much concerned with how it ends, but to experience every mile of the rugged journey. Jane Kirkpatrick crafts graphic details of Ioway Indian Marie Dorian's mental and physical survival for herself and her children as she travels a rough man's trail, the trading route west from a woman with children's point of view. A rich exploration of what drives men to forge wilderness trails and what motivates their women to follow. An honest portrayal of a beastly time in our country's history, focused through the passions of a mother's heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane brings the fur trade era alive with a character right out of history--Marie Dorion--a woman with character and grit. A beautifully written book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Name of Her Own by Jane Kirkpatrick - Jane Kirkpatrick is one of the most profound, compelling authors I've ever read. She knows the human heart and communicates with depth and eloquence on the written page. A Name of Her Own held me captive with its truth and the characters became friends. If you liked the Kinship and Courage series, you'll want to buy this one too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on a true story, this tells of the hardships of Marie and the great love she has for her children and an alcoholic husband who does not understand her until it is almost too late. Great book!