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Her Side of History--Finding My Foremothers' Footprints

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Author Claudia J. Severin took things into her own hands when her genealogy research seemed limiting. Follow her foremothers, four mothers plucked from her family tree. She reimagines the lives of ancestral families in this anthology. Ina, the tragic suffragette, traded her college degree and teaching career for a loving husband and children in the 1910s, in the shadow of ...more
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Published February 25th 2020 by Pella Road Publishing
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Nursebookie
I enjoyed reading this amazing historical fiction book inspired by the authors own research into her own genealogy. The book covers the distinct story line of four amazing women Ina, Mary, Nellie and Katie, all of whom were women from Severins family tree.

The book included pictures which were provided at the end of each of these amazing womens stories, which for me made for an even more immersive read as I imagined these womens day to day life, their struggles with their roles in their
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Chelsie
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Her Side of History was a fun four stories in one read. This novel reminded me a lot of my grandmother's stories, that she had written down about our ancestry as well. I loved how the author gave background on both sides of the family and then included a photo with the tree break down.

I also enjoyed seeing the changes through the different decades of the women's lives. This novel is told through four different women. Ina's story is told during the Great War happening and Women's Suffrage
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Judi Cook
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very timely, interesting book. In 2020 when we celebrate women gaining the right to vote after decades of denial how helpful it is to read about an educated, bright woman who joined the suffragette movement. Likewise when women are again challenged to prove their ability to make wise decisions, we read of women who had to struggle t to do what they determined was right for their families and communities. Great research and easy readability. I recommend this book especially to anyone who ...more
Annette
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
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Author Claudia J. Severin took things into her own hands when her genealogy research seemed limiting. Follow her foremothers, four mothers plucked from her family tree. She reimagines the lives of ancestral families in this anthology. Ina, the tragic suffragette, traded her college degree and teaching career for a loving husband and children in the 1910s, in the shadow of the Great War, but things did not work out as she planned. Mary, a German immigrant, finds love with an Iowa farmer,
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In this unique historical fiction, we follow four women from the author's family tree. Ina, Mary, Nellie, and Katie. Even though they are from different time periods, these strong women are connected in many ways. They all dream of romance, have fear, endure heartbreak and have hope for an unseen future.

I was given an e-book version of this novel by Hidden Gems to read and to give an honest review.

Wow! Did I love this book! This novel is so unique in that, even though it's a historical fiction,
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Natalie
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful, quick read. It was fun to read stories of women who lived so close to me geographically, but in time periods that made the setting simultaneously feel distant. As a woman who is currently pregnant, it was interesting to read about all these women who lived in a time where birth control was nonexistent, and many pregnancies were only detected after the nausea had set in. I thought it was particularly interesting (though sad) to read about Ina's experience of pregnancy during ...more
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Claudia Johnson Severin lives with her farmer husband on a southeastern Nebraska farm that was homesteaded in 1869 by her husbands great-grandparents, a setting for a portion of her anthology. At one time, the farm was home to dairy cows and chickens, as well as children. The cows, chickens, and children have all moved on, along with her day job. She spent a year researching many branches of her ...more

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