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None to Give Away
Jim and Elsie Doig had confidently invested in a future together on a Montana ranch. Then in 1940 Jim was fatally injured, leaving Elsie a young widow without much experience of the world. Overnight she had to learn how to fend for herself and her five small children, including two sets of twins. Well-meaning relatives and friends advised her to put some of them up for ado ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published 1970)
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Little story here - We were at our local Burger King and had a conversation with a veteran eating his lunch. He told me a little about the war and different things then said, "Maybe you've read my wife's book?" and told me about this book. He told me, "I come in at the last chapter :)" I reserved it through our library and had forgotten about it for weeks until they called and said I had a hold - so here it was. I LOVED this book - Mrs. Doig's husband was thrown off a horse and killed on their c ...more
4* Elsie is one amazing mother! Married to a Montana cattle rancher, she had 5 babies in less than 4 years (two sets of twins!). Then when her husband died, she struggled alone to provide for them all. Part pioneer story, part memoir, part parenting-survival-tale, Elsie's story was inspirational. She is a strong woman whom I found easy to admire.
Someone gave me this book to read after my husband passed away. It took a few weeks until I even opened it. It was interesting, though, to read how another woman with small children handled different situations as a single mom. Granted times were different and so were circumstances but the feelings were much the same.
This is a very good memoir of life in Montana before and during WW2. The author is an amazing person who lost her husband to an accident soon after their 5th child was born. She is an example of overcoming adversity, and making things work. She is a normal person made heroic by circumstance. It is a really good book.