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THE DAUGHTER'S WALK
Genre: Inspirational, Historical Fiction
Kirkpatrick is on the top of her game with this gem! There is mystery, romance and the journey of finding out who we are and where we belong in the world. This story starts off where the real Helga Estby’s story ended. The character of Clara has many layers and as her story unfolds, each layer is exposed and the reader has the opportunity to look at their own layers and maybe find a little of themselves in Clara’s journey.
In 1896, Helga Estby and her daughter, 19-year-old Clara, walked from Washington state to New York City, more than 4,000 miles, in seven months to raise $10,000 to save their family’s farm. As their journey progresses, Clara learns a few things about her mother and begins to understand why her family has treated her the way they have. But that journey is only the beginning of their story, as the tragedies that follow their accomplishments and what they learn upon returning home are enough to separate Clara from her family for decades. Estranged and alone, it will take the power of faith and forgiveness for Clara to accept healing and to walk into a joyful present and a hopeful future. (WATERBROOK, Apr., 400 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Patsy Glans
Published: April 2011