This novel takes us on a trip from Nebraska to Iowa in the 1850s.
Sometimes in those rough early days, the wives couldn’t bear
the hard times, became sick –and some seriously needed the help and
medical attention that only the larger populations in the east could supply.
The book takes us on a journey with four of these wives who need
to be transported, whose minds have snapped, and someone has to
be in charge of the trip. None of the husbands stepped forward–and
a spinster named Mary Bee Cuddy takes the challenge and volunteers
to drive the mule driven wagon on a journey that takes many days.
She adds a male companion to help out . . .and that’s a big part of
the story . . .and the book becomes quite a good yarn of the adventures.
Nothing will be easy –and they leave the homely sod houses of
Nebraska for a long arduous trip. One of the last obstacles will be
crossing the Big Muddy—the Missouri River. But finally the wagon
does reach the solid, civilized soil of the State of Iowa.
This novel is now a movie and the author is known for several other
movies–“They Came to Cordura” being one of them.
The book was written in 1988 and has 248 pages–some parts a little
rough around the edges–but hey–we’re reading about the Wild West
and lonely, tough lives.
I thought the characterization of these people was strong and believable.
The plot was fast moving and there were a few twists along the way. It’s
a good read for a few nights. (And thanks to my neighbor who lent it to me.)
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