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Every Fixed Star (Tender Ties Historical #2)

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Continuing the Tender Ties Historical Series, Every Fixed Star brings readers more of the dramatic, fictionalized account of Marie Dorion: the real-life woman who was the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest. In Book Two of the series, Marie learns the value of a tender heart, the faith of distant friends, and the act of holding life’s circ ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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I liked that although it is a work of fiction, it is based on facts from that time period/area. It was a bit slow at times, but overall an interesting read. Being as it is the second in a three book series and I haven't read the other two, I could still follow the story without being totally lost. I thought she did a good job of bringing closer to the story, although their is obviously more to be told in book three and one unanswered question in particular.
This inspirational story is based on truth. By 1814, the Astor expedition Marie had joined with family has disintegrated. New trials confront Marie: an abrupt end to love, separation from friends, disappearance of a child and a painful division from another. Through it all she struggles to know her purpose. She ultimately discovers that gifts come in many forms and are to be accepted and treasured.
"My mother always said to keep my eyes open for the unexpected good, the little treasures."
This is #2 from Jane Kirkpatrick's "Tender Ties Historical Series". The story of Marie Dorion, of the Iowa Tribe, (who, like Sacajawea, who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition 6 years prior) is remembered for leading white men to the Oregon Territory. She was the only woman in the 11 month, gruelling 3500 mile Astoria Expedition which ended in 1812. This woman's strength, perseverance and survival instincts are legendary.
Another excellent book from Jane Kirkpatrick and a great series. This the second book in the Tender Ties Historical series from Jane. Once again this is a wonderful and inspiring book about the struggles of Marie Dorion. This book finds Marie and her two sons living in the Pacific Northwest territory’s Okanogan settlement in 1814. Marie proves to be a survivor.

Enjoyed this book and can't wait to finish the series! Marie Dorian Vernier Toupin was an amazing woman by historical accounts and this fictionalized account of her life and struggles is a great read!
I enjoyed the history and everything and getting to know the characters but it just got really long!! Don't think I"m going to try the third.
Liz Hedgpeth
Started it, and realized that it was #2 in a series. Wasn't understanding it. Should read #1 first I guess. Didn't finish it.
Continuing the fictionalized account of real person Marie Dorion. Her life in the Pacific NW and the trials she goes through.
Great book. A little long with lots of characters to keep track of, but so interesting.
Ronda Jones
great book better as the story gets going.
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