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Widow 1881: Flats Junction Series

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The Dakota Territories held promise for misfits, outlaws, and hardened pioneers, but would Flats Junction offer enough
sanctuary and hope for the widow from Back East? Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories to reinvent herself. Stirring up controversy, Jane rooms with the last Blackfoot Sioux in town and navigates a mercurial friendship with the fiercely i
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by Coppersmith Press, an Imprint of Sillan+Pace+Brown Group LLC
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Jennifer Trethewey
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Widow 1881 (the first book in the Flats Junction series), Mrs. Jane Weber, is a widow with a secret. Unable to continue living within the stifling social conventions of Boston, she leaves her life of status and relative ease to take a job as a housekeeper for Dr. Kinney in the Dakota Territory. Knowing she leaves domestic comforts behind, she finds the courage to face the unknown. What I love about this book is how author Sara Dahmen has overlaid a small story against the giant backdrop of th ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn into this story and remained in its thrall throughout the entire book. The heroine, Jane Weber, is a strong, plucky woman determined to make her escape from her straight-laced, judgmental peers and family in Boston. She accepts a house keeper position with a doctor in the Dakota Territories.

The descriptions of life and people in the small community sucked me into the era. The attitudes and behaviors of the townsfolk felt real to me. Some deeds or beliefs were mysterious,
Amber Bangsund
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Widow 1881

Author: Sara Dahmen

Genre: Women's Historical Pioneer Fiction

Blurb: Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories to save her respectability but finds her proper views challenged every step. Rooming with the last Blackfoot Sioux in Flats Junction and navigating a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer leaves Jane reeling as she stumbles to understand the town folk and the unwritten rules of the west in 1881. Everyone has a story, including Jane h
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a book! I had to fight with myself not to skip ahead and see what was going to happen. This is a book in the tone of a Jane Austin novel written in the Wild West. As you can tell from the title it is set in the late 1800’s. Times were changing; society was very unkind and full of prejudice. Information about our nation was scarce or only what one person passed to another. Information changing often and occasionally embellished in the telling was then printed in a newspaper thousands of mile ...more
Rebekah Bryan
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jane leaves her comfortable life on the east coast to go west in search of a new life and maybe even a new love. Circumstances following her husband's death result in Jane's desire to reinvent herself in a place where no one knows her. But life on the prairie is hard and sometimes gruesome work, which comes as a shock to Jane. To pile on, Jane also has to room with a native woman who doesn't speak to her.

Luckily, Jane is realistic with a thirst for knowledge, which makes her surroundings more b
Jennifer Macaire
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a first-person narrated story about a widow who goes out west to the Dakota Territory in 1881 to be a housekeeper for a doctor. She travels to Flats Junction, where we are also introduced to a feisty general store owner, Kate, and to Jane's Sioux landlady, Widow Hawks. Jane's work for the doctor includes some nursing, cooking, working in the house and garden, and secretary. To the reader, it is obvious the doctor has fallen for Jane, but she has a secret that must be revealed - she's car ...more
Mary Boyle
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first read this story when it was called "Dr. Kinney's Housekeeper" - Dahmen's self-published version. While the editing was rough, she is a really good storyteller and is good at building a slow-burning romance in a well-researched historical setting. This new edited version is an improvement on the original and, though you can tell it's her first novel (in her other novel, "Tinsmith 1865," which technically comes before Widow in the series but was written later, it is clear that Dahmen has i ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pleasant story of Jane Weber, a widow, who leaves gossiping friends and family for the Dakotas in 1881. Answering a want ad for a housekeeper/nurse, she begins her new life working for a doctor.
This may have been published in 2014 under the title "Dr. Kinney's Housekeeper" and reissued under the present title in 2017.
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Coppersmith, mother of 3, and novelist Sara Dahmen lives in Wisconsin, and is the author of the Flats Junction series {Promontory Press, Inc.}, historical fiction novels set in the Dakotas. She is the designer and founder of House Copper & Cookware - an American-made kitchenware and copper cookware line and manufactures pure metal kitchenware in tin, copper and iron (in her garage).

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