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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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Teresa Lukey
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.

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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Deborah Sloan

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
“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
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
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
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
Kathleen Basi
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,
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
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
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
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
Historical fiction about a woman who accepts a wager to walk from Spokane to New York City in 1896. Her hope is that the $10,000 will save the family farm from foreclosure. She takes her daughter Clara along - actually she forces her daughter to walk with her. The things they learn about each other along the way, the troubles they encounter, the people they meet and the outcome of the walk are all very interesting. The outcome isn't what they expected and a few years after their return to Spokan ...more
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
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
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
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
Really enjoyed this historical work of fiction. I really enjoyed how the author used known facts and family history and accounts from living family members and memorabilia to weave this amazing story together. It is amazing to know all the things Clara and Helga did as women near the turn of the century. Their sacrifices and hardships as well as small joys shaped their lives and they found happiness in their own ways. The book really does encourage one to write down their own family history or a ...more
I need to start recording my recommendation sources for what I read. They come fast and furious. I load books on my kindle but not randomly. I don't know where I came across this book, but it was an unusual one for me. Historical fiction has to be really high quality and well reviewed. The premise of this was so interesting--a cross America walk in the late 1800's of a mother and daughter for women's rights. It wasn't a great book but held my interest and enticed me to read the non fiction accou ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Patricia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of historical fiction. This is taken from a true story of mother and daughter 7,00 mile walk across the United States in 1896, raising money to save family farm. A Norwegian family, the father is boss, refusing to allow walk and not accepting money. The journey is arduous, heartbreaking at times and the father's attitude is worse. The daughter's accomplishment after she is banned from family and home in such an atmosphere is heroic. Will be looking for more books by this author.
As soon as I knew Jane Kirkpatrick had written The Daughter’s Walk, I put it on my to-read list. When I read Linda Lawrence Hunt’s nonfiction history of this amazing journey, titled Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, I felt the story cried out to be fictionalized. Kirkpatrick is just the author to accomplish the task.
In 1896, Helga Estby accepted a wager from a group of people connected with the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington, to New York City
Susan Bright

The Daughter’s Walk is based on the life of Clara Estby. In 1896, Clara’s mother Helga accepts a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City promoting the new dress for women and 19-year-old Clara is recruited to accompany her. The first half of the book follows the two on their 7 month adventure , which ended up keeping them away from home for over a year.

The women had a deadline to meet, had to get signatures along the way and were not allowed to take pu
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