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4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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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May 07, 2009 Kellie rated it it was amazing
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
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Jun 14, 2017 Trish Boese rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 27, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
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.
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Nov 07, 2014 Greg Western rated it really liked it
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.
May 23, 2016 Guna rated it really liked it
This book chronicles Elsie's first marriage, her husband's death, then her struggles to care for her five small children. Townsend is an extremely engaging writer, and injects a lot of humor into this memoir. It is one of the best I've read in the genre.
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Apr 05, 2008 Mary Etta rated it liked it
I took a writing class from this author in Bozeman. She helped me get started writing my life history. I wrote the intro in her class. She was the aunt of Ivan Doig. This is her bio. She was inspiring.
Feb 22, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
this book is by my aunt and I learned a lot about her and my cousins from this book. My mother is in it too.
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