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The greatest frontier adventure...of which no one has ever heard. In 1844, 50 men, women and children set out for California. They walked two thousand miles, across trackless plain and desert, with nothing to rely on but each other.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 18th 2007 by
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Elaine Luddy
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: American history buffs, people who enjoy inspirational true stories
Celia Hayes’ To Truckee’s Trail: The Greatest Adventure Never Told is a fine example of what makes historical fiction such a popular genre. Done well, it allows readers to experience all the pleasure of a good story, while at the same time learning about a people who lived long ago. And sometimes the way they lived, and overcame their adversities, can offer us perspective on the perceived hardships in modern life.

To Truckee’s Trail is a thoroughly-researched work based upon an actual historical
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The best historical fiction grabs you and does not let you put the book down. This account of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party, the first to take wagons over the Sierra Nevadas to get to California, is highly charged and uses direct accounts (of which the historical records are shamefully shy) to give immediacy to the plight of the travelers. In this book, Celia Hayes has already developed the characterization which anchors her later books, such as the Aedelsverein trilogy, and one gets a sens ...more
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The story opens with Dr. John Townsend lamenting about selling everything and joining a wagon train to take him and his family to California. The year is 1843. His wife, Elizabeth, tosses and turns in a fever beneath the piled blankets. He fears the air is too dry for her and wants to take her to where she can breathe easy. After much
consideration, they do indeed sell everything except for a few precious items, his surgical tools, Elizabeth's grandmothers china tea set , and his small writing d
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Celia Hayes was brought up in an eccentric, baby-boom family, and earned a degree in English before a thirst for adventure led her to enlist in the USAF. She trained as a radio/television broadcaster, and served in a wide assortment of duties. Her Texas frontier adventure, the "Adelsverein Trilogy" - the story of the German colonies in the Texas Hill Country - is available on Amazon, in local Texa ...more

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