Set in the Old West that was, before America extended past the Mississippi River, this thoroughly researched novel tells a dramatized version of the author's own family history: the Adam Mitchell family.
With one of the daughters, Peggy, proving successful at professions including fur broker, self-trained physician, and schoolteacher, this forward-thinking family manages to play out their lives on the frontier in a series of dramatic incidents. Some of the attitudes seem more modern and politically correct than would have been likely for the times, but not gratingly so.
The author deftly weaves together details that might be unfamiliar to readers, such as the Celtic heritage of the Appalachians as exhibited in mountain dulcimer music. The original cover art is beautiful and perfectly captures the mood and flavor of this novel, which also has several helpful components discussing the factual basis of the work and providing a resource list, in addition to a cast of characters.
Disclaimer: I received a free evaluation copy.
4-star review originally published on Amazon September 1, 2011
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