It's Monday, What are You Reading?
This post is the fifty-third and fourth entries for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]
Happiness Handbook by Jenn Flea was a book I read last week for the Virtual Author Blog Tour and my review is posted for this coming Friday…
Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865 - The Diary of Sarah Raymond Herndon, Foreward by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien
This is a book from 2003 that I have enjoyed very much… especially the first few pages that specified day by day, place by place, their travel from northeastern Missouri, across southern Iowa (following what is now US 34), earlier the Mormon Trail, to south of Council Bluffs. There, they ferried across to begin their trek west.
A couple of things are very unique about this story. First, the 24-year-old Sarah is a very good writer. She is traveling with her mother and two brothers, along with many others - and she most often rides her pony, Dick, which gives her a great amount of freedom. They keep switching trains, and this makes for an interesting story in itself. Also, they choose to go to the Montana gold fields (where my great-grandfather happened to also be!!) rather than go to California or Oregon as many of their fellow travelers chose to do. It is a fascinating story. No editing needed!
Dr. Bill ;-)