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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...more
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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.

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...more
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...more
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,...more
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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...more
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 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
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...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 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...more
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
Carol DuPilka
This book picked up where Bold Spirit by L L Hunt left off. It was a historical, fictional novel about the walk across America that Clara and Helga Estby took in 1890s. The book was largely about Clara and what she did to succeed living in a world as a single, businesswoman in this era. It added feelings, emotion and filled in some of the gaps to the story in Bold Spirit. The writing was pretty good, and you could get to know the characters but it lacked something but I am not sure what. Maybe v...more
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...more
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...more
Three stars for the writing and 4 stars for a fascinating story based on fact. I especially enjoyed the author's note at the end describing her research and how she created a fictional account to fill in the missing pieces in the life of Clara Estby. She states that "like good scientists, writers find something strange and then want to thoroughly explore it." Clara's 3500 mile walk was indeed strange and interesting, as were the gaps in her verifiable history. This was an absorbing account of th...more
Alexia Chantel
Have you ever watched an inspiring movie or read a remarkable book and then sat back and wondered what happened to the characters after the credits rolled? A Daughter’s Walk is one of those inspiring tales.

It all began with two women embarking on a walk that would change not only their lives but to help influence the way women were viewed. It is hard to imagine what it would have been like to be a woman in the late 1800’s, even harder to imagine being a woman and stepping out of the little box...more
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...more
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...more
Youthful indescretion, rebellion, domination, fear, stubborness, tragedy and loss... independence, equality, hope... Jane Kirkpatrick's The Daughter's Walk was not what I expected it to be at all. I was interested in hearing more about the daring expedition of two women walking across country to prove that women were far from the fragile flowers society believed them to be at the time. Being of Norwegian descent myself, I found some familiarity in the characters, at least at the beginning.

Helga Estby and her daughter Clara set out on a walk from Spokane to New York in acceptance of a wager from the fashion industry. They have seven months, but lost due to circumstances beyond their control. Following this, Clara has a falling out with the family and embarks on life on her own, being estranged from her family for more than twenty years.

The author brings Clara's story to life through the people and events that she encounters. It seemed like all the action took place in the first fe...more
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...more
Towards the end of the Victorian era, Clara Estby's mother accepts a wager to model newer, shorter reform dresses and walk from Spokane to New York City in seven months against the wishes of her family. Clara is forced to tag along despite her misgivings. When their journey ends in tragedy, Clara finds herself estranged from her family. The book is a fictional look at what may have happened to Clara during her 20 year separation.

This is a very hard book to rate. On the one hand, I was totally en...more
Loraine Alcorn
The Daughters walk By Jane Kirkpatrick
I was able to read this Novel through blogging for books .
This is the historical story of Clara Estby life set at the turn of the last century 1900s . The story starts out with the historical walk that her and her mother took as a wager for the fashion industries new reform dresses . This wager was that Clara and her mother would walk from Spokane Washington to New york city with out the aid of any help along the way . They had to support there journey by s...more
Sherri Johnson
The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is the story of Clara Estby, nineteen-years-old, and her mother, Helga. They set off on an adventure from Spokane, Washington, to New York in 1896. The problem with this adventure is they are on foot and it is an adventure that Clara did not ask to go on. Their family farm is in danger of being lost after the father has been injured, and Helga takes on a risky challenge in order to save it. Clara is at a point in her life where she enjoys her job and has a...more
Barb Terpstra
I was excited to receive this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I like this author and have enjoyed a number of her books.

The Daughter's Walk is based on the true story of Helga Estby and her 18 year old daughter Clara, who, in 1896 accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane Washington to New York City within seven months. If successful, they would win $10,000 and save the family farm.

I always like books about spunky women, and these two certainly were. Their lives,...more
Holly Renee
In 1896, Helga Estby and her daughter Clara, journey on foot from Spokane, Washington to New York City in a desperate attempt to save their family farm. Much to the dissatisfaction of their community, they leave their family behind to make the six month trek across the county. During the time spent on their walk, Helga reveals a deep secret that alters her perception of her family. Upon their return to Spokane, several years later, Clara continues to walk. . .but this time away from her family....more
Jane Kirkpatrick's books have been must reads for me since I discovered her historical novels at the library several years ago. Her books span a variety of places, times, and events yet as a reader I can always expect to discover something new with each book while finding a familiarity with the writing style and feel of the books each time I open her novels. The Daughter's Walk is no exception to the rule for Kirkpatrick's novels that they will be filled to the brim with detail and history perti...more
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