The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is an interesting combination of a fictional story based on true historical events. When Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry in 1896, she could never have known how that decision would change her relationship with her family and herself. Helga agreed to walk over 3,500 miles from Spokane, Washington to New York City in exchange for $10,000 (just enough money to save the family farm), all the while demonstrating the strength of women and the liberating and empowering effects of the clothes on her back – or rather the skirts around her legs.
Helga also took Clara, her reluctant 19-year-old daughter, along for the ride; but neither of them realized that this walk was just the first of many long travels in their lives. What is left for Clara when she severs her relationship with her family? You’ll just have to read the book and find out!
Overall, I really enjoyed The Daughter’s Walk. Kirkpatrick does an amazing job of foreshadowing future events, and she is obviously a master at mixing fiction with fact (the mark of a great writer in my personal opinion!) I was drawn into the story almost immediately, and I couldn’t seem to read fast enough so that I could finally learn about the big family secrets that were often alluded to throughout the novel.
Kirkpatrick’s exceptional character development forces a reader to become emotionally involved with the players in the book almost from the very first page. I will say that, although The Daughter’s Walk is listed as a Christian novel, I really didn’t pick up many Christian messages throughout the story (other than the obvious references to Christianity one would expect from a historical novel based in the 1800s). Whether this is a positive critique or a negative one is really up to the individual reader. I don’t believe that the references to Christianity either added to or subtracted from the story’s overall plot – but I personally would not call it a Christian novel. All in all, it’s a nice, easy-flowing book and I’m happy to have had the chance to read it.
Amanda is mommy, freelance writer, and blogger in her spare time. If you like this review, be sure to check out the blog at Giveaway Blogdom or take a minute to read her most recent article on Childhood Vaccinations.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by WaterBrook Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.