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Seeing the Elephant (Wildflowers #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  296 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
* * * * *Re-released as Finding Her Way, revised, rewritten and professionally edited.

After three long years of separation Corinne Temple is heading West to see her father again. She marries Andrew Temple the day she leaves for the Oregon Trail. He is a family friend but far from friendly. Her third generation knowledge of healing herbs makes her an asset to the wagon trai
Paperback, 210 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Createspace
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Jul 25, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! I live in Wyoming not far from the Oregon Trail and loved reading about the settlers as they went thru the various places along the trail. The author had completed her research very well and it was factual to events and places. As for the people in the book, very real. I would like to read other books from Leah Banicki
Leah Banicki
Sep 19, 2011 Leah Banicki rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A fast moving, family friendly adventure. From sea to shining sea. Explore young America with Corinne Temple, a young woman who learns how to face her challenges bravely in Seeing the elephant.
The new edition is now available and the grammatical issues have been addressed. I hope you enjoy the journey. ~ Leah
Shari Larsen
Nov 30, 2011 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corrine Temple is only 17 when she sets off on the Oregon Trail in 1848 to be reunited with her father who she has not seen in 3 years. Because it was considered unseemly for young women to travel alone at that time, a marriage is arraigned for her by her father to young man who is returning to Oregon after going to school in the East. It's a marriage in name only, as Andrew intends to get an annulment as soon as they reach their destination.

Corrine is lonely on the trail, not getting along well
Aug 19, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jannete Oke fans
********************** I WON THIS ON GOODREADS *******************************

This book has AMAZING potential. I love the characters, the dialog, the story line, the history, EVERYTHING.

The ONLY thing this book needs is a good editor and the right publisher.

This book is right on track to be worthily compared to a Jannete Oke book. And that's the exact shelf it will go on in my home library, right next to the Jannete Oke books. (After I pass it around to a few friends :o)

And the only thing that
Greta Burroughs
Jun 05, 2011 Greta Burroughs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her novel "Seeing the Elephant," the effort Leah Banicki put into researching the lives and times of the brave souls traveling the Oregon Trail is very evident. Her decriptions of the route, scenery, difficulty and perseverance of the people looking for a new life "out west" make the book a very intriging read.

The characters are clearly defined and the action is fast faced which makes for a captivating story. There are some grammatical issues and misspellings but the errors do not take the re
Patricia Strefling
Jun 25, 2011 Patricia Strefling rated it really liked it
Read Seeing The Elephant and was immediately pulled into the story. It is a well-researched novel written in the 1800s. The author takes us back to real-time with a story about how a woman must make her own way. Her dreams, her mistakes, and her experiences. Even with some grammatical issues, the book is a good read! Especially for those who love historical time period.
Skeeter Jorgensen
Oct 31, 2011 Skeeter Jorgensen rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I love stories about wagon trains and the hardship, love and adventure. I am afraid I would have made a very poor pioneer, but I enjoy the books.
Aug 10, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
The story was really fun and I was never bored. I felt like I traveled the trail with the characters. I love getting to travel through history with a good book.

Laurel Anne
Dec 27, 2011 Laurel Anne rated it really liked it
This is one of the first books I've read about the western wagon trails. Very interesting and told from a very good perspective.
Jeffery B.
Jun 08, 2011 Jeffery B. rated it it was amazing
Fact paced action, adventure. Never a dull moment, a quick and fun read.
Nov 29, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it
Loved this one!
Jan 11, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I don't know why but I always enjoy reading about those women who had to spend a good part of their life traveling across the country in a wagon. That was realy rouging it. Think I have it bad, never! This one was about a women who had to have a husband in order to travel to her father. They had separated, she went to Boston to an Aunt's home and her Father had gone west. She was told she was to marry a young man her father had helped out with his schooling, and that he ...more
May 26, 2013 Layla rated it really liked it
In 1848 at the age of 17, Corie sets off on the Oregon Trail to be reunited with her father. Her mother died 3 years earlier and she had been unwilling to risk the new frontiers, choosing instead to stay with her aunt in Boston. She has spent 3 very restrictive years with the rules and regulations imposed by her aunt, nicknamed the General. She is now ready for adventure and a new life.

Her father has arranged a marriage to Andrew to ensure her safety on the trail, but her brief encounters with h
Mar 21, 2012 Tina rated it liked it
This is about a 17 year old girl, Corrine, and her trip from Boston to Oregon in 1848 - her father left her in Boston with her Aunt after her mother died when she was 14 to head west to start his life anew. It has been three years and she is dying to be with him again. She doesn't fit in well with Boston upper crust society, her father is a rancher and she is a "medicine woman". Her grandma Trudie studied with a tribe of native americans and learned a great deal about medicinal herbs. Corrine's ...more
kathie hennesay
Aug 07, 2015 kathie hennesay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

Sometime you just come across a story and the writer of such story that keeps your interest. I don't write many reviews and I don't write have the book like so do.if you enjoy the wagon train days you will enjoy this is the same in some respects to intervention train stories but the people in the story makes it special.
Nov 07, 2013 Books rated it did not like it
I got my free copy of this book in 2011 and – looking at all the positive reviews – I’m guessing their copy of this book was probably edited properly. My copy of this book, unfortunately, is in SERIOUS need of editing. In its current state it looks like it was written by a fifth grader. I tried reading this book, but five pages into it I was so confused and so tired of trying to fix all the tenses and trying to make sense of the narrative, that I just gave up. So, I can’t tell you if this is a g ...more
Lynda Knapp
Jul 06, 2016 Lynda Knapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

I loved the strengths of Cori and really enjoyed her "Plant Lady" idea while traveling on the wagon train. I was sad that Angela did not get to finish the trip with Cori, but am looking forward to reading Angela's story. Leah Banicki has a special way of writing and I just want to read more.
Jul 20, 2014 Patsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1848, another wagontrain was going to Oregon and Corrine, she was only 17 years old. Her father was already in Oregon, he had contacted a friend of his to marry Corrine to see that she was well protected during the trip. It was a marriage of convenience.

They faced all the hardships that are on the trail. She was frail and had a maid at home. But through all of the difficulties that she went through only made her stronger. This was a good story, At the end when she met her father the plot g
Lorena Helfers
May 27, 2015 Lorena Helfers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice story about traveling west

Very clean and interesting and somewhat informative. I have read more informative stories about traveling west . However this was good as the writer kept the reader hoping for some good to come from what was happening in the story.
Dec 07, 2011 Zette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The grammatical errors are very distracting and too numerous to count in this book but I chose to continue reading it because I was hooked by the story itself. I'm a sucker for marriage of convenience stories so I was captured and intriqued by the story of a couple who marry to travel across the country together and plan to annul as soon as they reach their destination. There were a few twists along the way that I did not expect and Leah Banicki's knowledge of the time and the perils of such a j ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finding Her Way

This has the potential to be a really good book but needs a good editor to help make it happen. The story line was wonderful but I get the feeling that this is a new author that needs some help. Good luck on your future books.
shirlene brown
Jan 30, 2016 shirlene brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The life on the track to a new life

This book was written by leah banicki. She does a very good job on this story. About the way the people who have been on their way through the trail though the west in a wagon
Karla D. McReynolds
Very good book!

Corinne is leaving Boston, moving to Oregon where her father lives. What a long stagecoach, boat, and wagon train.
Peggy Primavera
Finding Her Way

I enjoyed this book pretty much. I thought it had quite a few un necessary bit and pieces. I also thought it was abit slow at the end.
Jennifer Cox
May 07, 2014 Jennifer Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heroine in this story sure was a tough gal! This book is about the Oregon Trail and what one party endured along the way. I loved every minute of it.
Nov 30, 2011 Allison rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-freebies
I got this book for free on Amazon Kindle ebooks. And from reading a lot of reviews about Seeing the Elephant, most people seem to like the story but say there are so many grammer and spelling errors that it was hard to finish reading. I'm going to give it a try but I'm already in page two and have noticed errors...

Finished reading and...
I did like the storyline BUT this book is on need of some serious editing. If I didn't get it for free, I'd want my money back. The main character's horse is ma
Jan 22, 2016 Ann rated it liked it
Decent historical fiction about a feisty young woman making her way across country with a wagon train.
Journeying on the Oregon trail.

At first it looked promising I was hopping Corinne while gathering plants & interacting with different tribes that she'd glean insight into the medicinal properties. The one medicine she did trade when applied didn't work. I felt native ingenuity & know how was dismissed.
For me dictatorial men & spoilt man-boys got in the way & didn't protected her. It is certainly the trail book I've read where someone was discouraged to pitch in.

It describes the
May 29, 2015 TheSmellyLady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful adventure on the Oregon Trail. I've visited many places the pioneers stopped so the story was even more alive for me.
Apr 16, 2014 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good first book to the series. Not exactly what I was expecting, but it did not leave me disappointed.
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