On the Strength of Wings

On the Strength of Wings

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by Christine Matthews
     
 
Abigail Belshaw is a practical woman born into a family of practical men and artistic women in 1828. At the age of ten she meets her future husband, Samuel Gray, but their friendship is cut short when Samuel's family is killed and he is sent to live with his godfather.

Years later, Samuel returns to town and the pair are eventually married. Samuel's

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Abigail Belshaw is a practical woman born into a family of practical men and artistic women in 1828. At the age of ten she meets her future husband, Samuel Gray, but their friendship is cut short when Samuel's family is killed and he is sent to live with his godfather.

Years later, Samuel returns to town and the pair are eventually married. Samuel's guardian, who died shortly thereafter, had planned their wedding gift - a trip to the west coast to set Samuel up in the shipbuilding business, like his father and grandfather before him. Abigail is appalled at the idea but, angry and resentful, must accompany her husband. Abby's sickly younger brother, Charles, decides to accompany them, and they are later joined by Sarah Franklin, the mistress of Samuel's guardian, and Cora Adams, a former Indian captive returning to her Indian husband.

On the wagon train journey their lives are transformed in many ways. Charles regains his health and leaves the train, and Samuel dies from a snake bite. Abigail, who is pregnant, has endured thus far fueled by anger - which now must give way to understanding and tolerance if the three women are to finish the journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148570424
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
08/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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On the Strength of Wings 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story told from the heart, with authority.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just when it started to be a good, interesting book, it STOPPED. I looked to see if it continued to a second book. VERY DISAPPOINTING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not funny at all. If you are looking for lightheartedness you wont find it here. What you will find is cooourage in the face of great challenge. Yyou will wonder how this author crafts her characters to be so wise and will be startled with thought.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and suspenseful historical fiction. I enjoyed it very much. The account of the journey west and the hardships that the people endured was told so well I almost felt that I was there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grim and well-researched look at the reality of traveling westward.