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Thimble of Soil: A Woman's Quest for Land (Trail of Thread #2)

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Subtitle: A Woman's Quest for Land, Historical Letters 1854-1860
Trail of Thread Series, Book 2

Experience the terror of the fighting and the determination to endure as you stake a claim alongside the women caught in the bloody conflicts of Kansas in the 1850s.

Follow the widowed Margaret Ralston Kennedy (a relative of the author) in this second book of the Trail of Thread se
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Published November 1st 2010 by Butterfield Books (first published April 1996)
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This is the second in the Trail of Thread Series by Linda K. Hubalek. I had read the first book years ago and am now rereading it. I am researching pioneer women for a quilt project and find this series a great way to get into the spirit. I really connected to this book in a special way. Margaret Ralston Kennedy makes a move in an uncertain time from Ohio to the Kansas territory. Being from Ohio originally and having immigrated myself gave me a special trail of thread all my own with these lette ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They had great determination. Moving to Kansas in the 1850's Then being caught in the huge rebellions of the 1850 Free Staters vs Pro Slavery people. Our widow lady and her family kept fighting to make it.
Cold Winters, Drought, not enough food, thieves, And they did it........
God bless them
Great book, very interesting history involved
Chris Granville
Sep 10, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was ok. The style of the letters were exactly like the ones from book one, so it did not seem as authentic. Still I am a sucker for a diary.
Aug 13, 2012 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd in the series carried on the family story.
Feb 08, 2017 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free Kindle book I had received, and surprisingly it was pretty good. It is the story of the author's great, great grandmother and her move to the Kansas territory, along with other members of her family, in the 1850s, and depicts the great hardships the early settlers had encountered. To add to the hardships of settling a new area, the settlers encountered problems from the battle over slavery, where Kansas was supposed to be a state free of slavery but many Missourians were trying t ...more
I gave this book 4 stars because the content of the book was so interesting to me---not because of its literary quality, although I did enjoy the author's writing style. The novel tells the story of a woman and her family who move from Ohio to Kansas in 1854 as homesteaders. The story is told in the format of letters written by Margaret Kennedy to her dear friend Phoebe back in Ohio. The time period covers summer of 1854 to December of 1860. Having lived in Kansas for several years, it was fasci ...more
Debbie West
Feb 21, 2016 Debbie West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was highly disappointed in this book. The first in series, A Trail of Thread, was unique in the letters' endings. Many wete cute. Bit the letters' endings just seem like the same thing & Mrs Kennedy, the letter writer, didn't know Deborah Pieratt, the letter writer in first book, until she arrived in Kansas. So she just HAPPENED to end her letters the same way?! I think not. These are supposed to be actual letters written by ancestors of the author, but the letters in this book sound off. ...more
Kathy Inozarks
Apr 23, 2016 Kathy Inozarks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the second in a three book series. I still enjoyed reading the format of letters-I am not clear if these are actual letters by the author's ancestors or just her form of writing the story. In either case it works well.
I learned allot of history that I did not know before-the pro and anti slavery wars between Missouri residents and the new Kansas area residents. the fight being to have Kansas come in as a pro slavery state.
The way the letters were written I could really feel what the
This book suffers from a similar problem as Trail of Thread, the first in the series. It is simultaneously fascinating and dry as toast! Dozens and dozens of names to keep straight without much support for that endeavor (too much work to repeatedly refer to lengthy family lists in back!). Lots of detail about how many cows to take, how many bushels produced, etc. But the history of within the tale can be quite gripping at times. For example, I had no idea about the flat-out war to influence/deci ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
I was given the audible version in exchange for an honest review. These families had great strength and determination. To move to Kansas during the 1850's. They survived the huge rebellions of the Free staters vs Pro slavery people. Cold winters drought, not having enough food, and thieves. But the widow Margaret Ralston Kennedy and her family kept fighting to survive and they made it. I felt i was actually part of the story and was right there with them. I highly recommend the audible version, ...more
Sherry Sharpnack
May 29, 2016 Sherry Sharpnack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a follow-up book to "Trail of Thread," and was also written as a series of letters to family "back home" by a woman who travelled to Kansas as a pioneer. This woman, Margaret, who was a widow who followed several of her grown children to live through the period in Kansas' history when it was "bleeding" Kansas. It felt more history lesson than personal experience, b/c it is all told in hindsight in the letter format, so you don't really "feel" the experience. Still a quick, enjoyable rea ...more
marvin shults
Sep 22, 2014 marvin shults rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going west.

The family certainly suffered the first few years after their move to Kansas but life improved somewhat in later years. The harsh winters and hot dry summers made for trying to
especially and uncertainties about their food supply each year. The telling of the story was well done and I found it very I interesting.
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I liked this one as good as the first book in the series. I really felt like I was there.
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Linda Hubalek grew up on the Kansas prairie, always wanting to be a farmer like her parents and ancestors. After earning a college degree in Agriculture, marriage took Linda away from Kansas as her husband worked in engineering jobs in several states.

Meanwhile, Linda wrote about pioneer women that homesteaded in Kansas between 1854 to the early 1900s, especially her Swedish immigrant ancestors. He
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Trail of Thread (3 books)
  • Trail of Thread: A Woman's Westward Journey (Trail of Thread #1)
  • Stitch of Courage: A Woman's Fight for Freedom (Trail of Thread #3)

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