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The Daughter's Walk

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A mother's tragedy, a daughter's desire and the 7000 mile journey that changed their lives.

In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen year-old daughter Clara, the two made their way on the 3500-mile trek by
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Published April 5th 2011 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rachel Crooks
Kirkpatrick unearths some of the most amazing untold stories from the foundations of American history, and this is one of them. Clara, the "daughter" of the title, begins the story angry with her mother for her impulsive decision to walk across the continent for a dubious prize of $10,000, taking Clara along. As the journey progresses, Clara comes to understand her mother's intentions, but the journey creates alienation and estrangement within their family as a whole.

Clara returns from the jou
Teresa Lukey
Feb 12, 2014 Teresa Lukey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 13-25
Jane Kirkpatrick's historical fiction novel, The Daughter's Walk, appealed to me because the thought of walking from Spokane, WA to New York sounds damn near impossible. I believe the author must have gotten her inspiration for this book from Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, which does its best to document the true story Helga Estby and her daughter Clara's 3500 mile trek across the US with little more than pepper spray, a revolver and $5 in the year 1896.

Nov 17, 2014 Narita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I have said it before but I will say it again, Jane Kirkpatrick is one of my favorite writers! She finds historical women figures that I have never heard of and their stories are so interesting! I find it incredible the way she weaves the historical facts with fiction to the point that every novel seems like a detailed true account of the person’s life.
A Daughter’s Walk is about a young woman, Clara Etsby and her mother, Helga who in 1896, walked 3,500 miles from Spokane Washington to Ne
If you are familiar with Jane Kirkpatrick’s books, then you know that she is a master at taking historical facts and weaving them into captivating stories. Each time I read her books, I not only learn something about history, I enjoy the journey. Jane’s books are one example of why I adore historical fiction. Her stories center around real people and she researches her subjects well before putting pen to paper.

The Daughter’s Walk is based on the true story of Norwegian born Helga Estby who acce
Jan 23, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do yourself a favor and read, "Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America" by Linda Lawrence Hunt before even thinking about reading this book. I hate to admit that I only got 10 pages into this book before I became so disgusted with the author that I have no intentions of ever reading anything else by her again. Extreme much? Why yes..yes I am. First of all the book reads like it took place in 1996, not 1896. The wording sounds like the same dialog that takes place betwe ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Doubelday|April 5, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-4000-7429-7

A mother’s tragedy, a daughter’s desire and the 3,500 mile journey that changed their lives.

In 1896 a Norwegian-American, Helga Estby, accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen-year-old daughter, Clara, the two made their way on the 3,500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks and mot
Erin Cataldi
Apr 11, 2012 Erin Cataldi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie this book was depressing as hell. It starts off following a mother and daughter in 1896 as they make a 7,000 mile journey on foot across America in hopes of getting $10,000 to save the farm. From there nothing works out as planned, the farm is lost, Clara loses two siblings to diphtheria while she and her mother are trekking North America, and she learns some dark family secrets. All of this happens in the first fourth of the book. The rest is even more depressing as Clara t ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-e-book
I really liked this book. I love historical fiction & this was very interesting. In the beginning I thought the characters were well written and the historical aspect of the book was very interesting. It was based on a true story, which I knew going in, but the author pieces together what happens to the main character later on in the book. I felt it fit together well, but I also can see where the details that were unknown or made up had some gaps. That at times left me a bit frustrated in un ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was so intriguing. Knowing that this was a true story, and that two women accomplished a walk across America during this time period was just astounding, to say the least. It also made very grateful for women who were brave against staggering odds, paving the way for future generations of women. I know I am reaping the rewards of women who lived before me. Many of them faced enormous hardship, but didn't give up, making huge sacrifices for the good of their families. It was a very humb ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Lorrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up without my glasses on in the library. In a hurry, some of you know the drill. I was hoping it would be even a miniscule of a fraction of an ounce of what Cheryl Strayed's book was. I wanted to walk while I was driving. After listening to a bit of the 1st disk, I got home and plugged the title and author into Goodread's data so I could save. Up popped "Christian Fiction". Oh, no! I was ready to return the audio to the library as I really didn't want to be preached to. I just ...more
Deborah Sloan
Mar 27, 2011 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In the Victorian Era where women, no matter what your station in life, were expected to marry and be the backbone of the household, silently supporting their husbands and raising children came the Women's Suffrage Movement. Women who wanted nothing more than the right to vote and be a part of decision making for their country, comes this story of Helga and Clara Estby who take up the challenge to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York within 7 months in an effort to promote the newest clothin
Cheryl Olson
May 29, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“We are going to walk to New York City, Clara, you and I”- not exactly the words that you would expect to come out of your own mother’s mouth. And did I mention this walk was to originate in Spokane, Washington and that the time was 1896? Two women unaccompanied by a man and out to “save the farm” literally in an effort to earn ten thousand dollars provided by sponsors of the walk to pay off their mortgage on their farm. Not your everyday undertaking I must say, but then neither is this book. Ja ...more
Jane Kirkpatrick never disappoints. Once again, in The Daughter’s Walk, she has brought to the page the story of strong women during a time in our country’s history that found many families struggling to maintain their family’s income and home and women struggling to find their place in society, the work force and politics.

Helga Estby and her daughter, Clara, and their historical attempt to walk the breadth of our country was undertaken in an effort to save the family’s farm in Washington state
Feb 06, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was able to relate to the mother and dauther as I found out I had a different father than all of my siblings at 16, the daugther finds out when she goes with her mother on a walk on a wager with the fashion industry from Spokane, Washington to New York City in six months. The daughter can't figure out why her Mother insists she must go with her.
She soon finds out that she learns things about her Mother and her life that she never knew before.
After the walk, which is about 1/2 of the book, the
Jun 22, 2011 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the genre of historical fiction and Jane Kirkpatrick is the master of it. She has an amazing ability to write about strong women in our past. This installment of Ms. Kirkpatrick’s repertoire is about a mother and daughter that set out on an almost impossible feat. The year is 1896 and Helga Estby has accepted a wager to walk across the country in order to promote the women’s suffrage movement. The fashion industry has put up a $10,000.00 prize if the trip can be made in less than 7 months ...more
Kathleen Basi
May 01, 2012 Kathleen Basi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Daughter's Walk is a fictionalized account of a real historical event. Clara Estby and her mother walk from coast to coast in the last decade of the 19th century to forward women's suffrage. Afterward, the family (led by her stepfather) refused to let the women discuss their achievement. Clara was estranged from her family for two decades. The book follows Clara in those years, filling in the gaps in the historical record with what might have happened to cause it.

It's an interesting journey,
Apr 05, 2012 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on true events, this novel tells the story of the famous 3,500 mile walk made by Norwegian Helga Etsby and her daughter Clara in 1896, when they followed the railroad from Washington to New York. The story continues on from there to tell how the walk affected their lives and how Clara lived the next twenty years estranged from the family she tried so hard to help. While the walk is a real historical event, the author has used research and speculation to fictionalize an event and create a t ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Noelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I struggled a little getting into the book but once I realized it was based on a true story I was fascinated.

This book tells the story of a mother daughter duo, Clara and Helga, who walked across America to prove women are strong. And while the walk is interesting enough, the majority of the book looks at how it changes their lives. Heartache, exile, reunion, friendship, family, and the role finances play in life's choices are all themes that are considered through Clara's story.

The writing st
Oct 21, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book on more than one level. First, as a novel with a true historic background. The book was terrifically researched by the author through intense document reprisal and interviews with family members. I loved the story of the evolving mother/daughter relation, and Clara's development into a strong independent woman of her own right. Their journey from Spokane to New York on foot near the turn of the last century is amazing, and puts in proper perspective any such modern attempts. To ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Pros: Though classified as Christian fiction, it's not in any way preachy.

Cons: I didn't find this woman strong at all, really. Granted she started a fur business, but everything she did was partially controlled by two old ladies. The family is horrible. I would have left the horrid mother and sister and stepfather a long time before and never gone back. The mother endangered her daughter, the sister is a bitch who is spiteful, mean, and bitter, and the stepfather is a jerk who always treated h
Jun 29, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this read! I find it intriguing that the walk by two women from Spokane to NYC as an advertising gimmick in 1896 is a true event. The dynamics of family and friend relationships plus the adventure makes for a good story that keeps my interest. The characters were real and believable even though it was hard sometimes to empathize with some of the their thinking and reasoning. Lots of good book discussion questions in this story. This has a Christian slant and the author does get her point ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a few reviews before I started this book, and one person gave it one star, and said it wasn't worth the time to read it. I really enjoyed listening to this book, and had a hard time turning it off. I listened to it while I was working around the house, and before I went to sleep, and for a while when I woke up.

I enjoyed hearing about the different places the characters either lived or where they traveled. I enjoyed the relationship of the mother and daughter, as they walked across the co
Apr 16, 2012 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. That's pretty much what I've got to say about this book. Maybe it's just the mood I was in when I read it, but I found myself so uninterested. It is based on a rather interesting little historical tidbit, but that's really just about all that it's got going for it for me. The characters are bland. The dialogue strikes me as fake. And it's depressing. To me, it's gotta be a good book if it's worth being depressing.
Dec 07, 2015 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mom
Can not finish this book now. It depressed me every time I picked up the book to read. I never looked forward to reading it, it was more of a chore. So I've decided to give the book back to my friend and come back to it another time. Left off on chapter 22..krb 12/6/15
This book is *based* on the true story of Helga and Clara Etsby, who accepted a challenge in 1896 to walk 3500 miles across America for $10,000. The author bases the story on the historical walk and to spice up her research into that true story, adds in her own creative spin on the the personal in's and outs of the characters.

I absolutely loved the book. I listened to the audio version, and thought the narrator did a great job complimenting the authors work.

This is one of those books that reall
Waleska Floyd
Apr 14, 2016 Waleska Floyd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, audio
I was looking to hear a book while running , walking and hiking . ..however , it was clear to me that within the first two chapters Mrs. Kirkpatrick have never walk more than few miles herself . You can not possible write about two women walking and hiking more than 29 miles daily (that's more than a marathon )and not talk about the impact that your body suffers and how difficult it actually it is to accomplish. They never have blisters, muscle cramps, skin alergies , etc ., I couldn't continue ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Rachelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story. The author does a wonderful job of weaving historical facts into a truly captivating story. The main character is Clara Etsby who along with her mother walks all the way from Spokane Washington to New York City in order to help save her families' farm. The walk was an effort to earn money, but also a statement about the independence of woman and an effort to change rigid views of women in the late 1800's. The controversy surrounding the beginnings of this feminist move ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the story is fascinating, I find the book to be very badly written. The author's writing style is so heavy-handed that the dialogue and narration aren't genuine at all. I agree with another review that the dialogue and inner thought process of Clara is written in a very modern style - with a few words and phrases thrown in here and there to convince us this is a woman from the 1800's speaking. Furthermore the author's handling of women's suffrage is complete overkill. We get it, Helga is a ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a book I would have picked up on my own -- not a big fan of historical fiction (rather read the 'real' history) and if I had seen 'Christian' fiction, I definitely would have put it down. BUT it was picked for book club and I really enjoyed it. The writing isn't particularly good, but the facts of the story carried me along. I was amazed that it was a true story (fictionalized) and really appreciated the notes at the end of the book, outlining the sources. Also looked it all up on goo ...more
May 07, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give a 5-star rating to the first part of"The Daughter's Walk" by Jane Kirkpatrick, but--alas!--the second part barely rates 3. Based on an actual historic event at the end of the 19th century, Jane and her mother try to save the family farm by walking from Spokane to New York City. Their stamina, resourcefulness, and growing self-awareness were remarkable. The second part--historical fiction, this was--dragged on and on. The characters were flat and unbelievable, and Clara's angst, wavering ...more
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