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A Name of Her Own (Tender Ties Historical #1)

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Based on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, A Name of Her Own is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman’s fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together.

With two rambunct
ebook, 258 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marie Dorion traveled with her husband and two little children on an fur trade expedition from St. Louis to Astoria, Oregon. Their route was similar and subsequent to the Lewis and Clark/Sacajawea journey. From a historical perspecive I liked learning more of the details and logistics of these amazing journeys.

Read the Author's Note at the back for specific explanations of which events are true or imagined.

From a "true story imagined" perspective, the unexpected beauty of the book, for me, was
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of three and the first I had read of Jane Kirkpatrick's. In order: A Name of Her Own, Every Fixed Star and Hold Tight the Thread. All are about Marie Dorian. I grew up in the Northwest and so I found these books absolutely filled with history and told beautifully in fictional form. It makes me want to revisit the NW, with all the history that I have from Jane's research. She has a subtle and lovely way of bringing God into her writings, without preaching or pushing the idea of ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who would like to visualize what it was like to live in the WW valley in 1800s!
This story grew to such magnitude in my mind that I thirsted for the next one to follow! I couldn't put the books down until I was at the end. It is the story of the 'first mother to cross the Rocky mountains in winter'. It is the story of a woman who battles the elements as well as her own husband, a French/indian trapper/interpreter for Wilson Hunt Astoria expedition of 1811, when it came to the survival of her sons. Much of her story takes place along the Columbia River from Wenatchee area to ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author was obviously taken by the story of Marie, a tall, strong beautiful woman whose determination and tenacity helped her save her sons after the death of her husband. It was the middle of winter with no food, no transportation except her feet but she wrapped her sons tightly in a buffalo robe in which she tied them to ensure that they remained where she left them. I liked the heroine but thought the writer should have tightened her tale considerably. It rambled and dragged in many places ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a detailed historical fiction tale of French Canadian Fur traders traveling the wilderness to Oregon. I liked the historical fiction part of this. This added interest to the author's story.

I liked the MC, Marie. She was strong and endured much. I didn't like that she constantly played the blame game. Everything was always someone's fault and she spent a lot of time berating herself as well. And it was always the same. So the repetition was a little tedious. It felt bogged down in so ma
Lenora Good
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Kirkpatrick has written an engaging novel about the life of an extraordinary woman and Ioway Indian, Marie Dorion.

The author is a master storyteller, and will pull you into the story as you follow along in the footsteps of this courageous woman, as she journeys first by river boat, then across land by horseback and walking, and eventually by canoe.

You will easily and effortlessly become involved in this woman’s story as told by Kirkpatrick.

Although this is a novel, Marie Dorion was a real w
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A slow read.

Although this novel has been highly acclaimed by other readers, I found it a slow read. The sections where Marie interracted with other characters on a personal level flowed well, but I got bogged down in the minutiae of the general day to day survival.

Marie was based on Marie Dorion who travelled with an investigatory expedition from St. Louis to Astoria in Oregon. She accompanied her interpreter husband with two young sons, across thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain and we a
Enjoyable story, but quite sow paced. Suggested for the patient, historically interested reader who isn't expecting a lot of fast paced action.
I think I would have given this book a higher rating if I hadn't lost my place so often. I really enjoyed the story line and concept, but just a too few many boring parts.
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual genre. I would have liked a little more fictionalizing/story.
about halfway through. really good so far.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Name of Her Own by Jane Kirkpatrick
Marie Dorion: Iowa Indian, allowed on trapping expedition
Pierre Dorion: Marie's French/Indian husband, clerk turned translator
Locations: St. Louis, Mo. to the Pacific Northwest
Holy Rainbow: Marie's wise Christian mother-in-law

Based on real events and real people in history, Ms. Kirkpatrick begins this story in St. Louis, 1811, where our main character Marie does not want to be left behind while her husband travels as an interpreter for a fur trapping company
Angelique Simonsen
bored bored bored
May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Incredibly slow-starting, and slow moving even once the story got going (after about page 150, frustratingly) - interesting history and I liked the author's note explaining what was fact and what was fiction.

Another reviewer, Heather, posted this quote, which I also loved (thank you!) :

"Marie straightened her shoulders, hiked Paul up higher on her back, gaining courage. When she did, she remembered a blessing her husband's mother gave to her once when Marie lifted her baby son onto the board. "
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Early 1800's, post Lewis and Clark Western fur trading expedition.

My first reaction was that the writing was dry and very slow paced. There seemed to be little going on except narrative. Then a character would encounter a problem, so I kept reading to see how the problem would be solved. The main character, Marie Dorion, had to endure the consequences of her choices. The main choice she made was to insert herself and her two young boys into the expedition. Her husband, Pierre, had been
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jane Kirkpatrick wrote a lackluster coming of age story about Marie Dorian, a young woman who journeyed west with her children and her husband in search of a new life, only to end up finding herself. It was painfully slow moving, actually bogging down in places, while never really exploring any character in depth - including Marie. Instead Kirkpatrick had Marie on a mental treadmill. Either there wasn't really enough inner material for an interesting story or there wasn't much to Kirkpatrick's i ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Source: In 2010, I won a copy from the author.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Time period: 1811-1812.
A Name of Her Own is a historical fiction account of Marie Dorion. Marie and her family were apart of the Lewis and Clark expedition group. Her husband was a fur-trapper. They had two young sons. In the beginning, Marie's husband wanted her and the children to stay behind in St. Louis, she refused. The westward trek to the Pacific was physically and emotionally straining, especially for the
Kathleen Mays
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story! Every time I read about the journeys and hardships our early predecessors endured, I have a renewed sense of admiration and awe for them. This story of Marie Dorion and her family is no exception. To take long travels with children, even in this days and age, is sometimes a trying feat, but to travel across the wild country in early 1800's takes near saintly perseverance. But as Marie finds, Providence provides.

I found that the author, Jane Kilpatrick, did a wonderful job telling t
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
This is the fictionalized story of a real woman named Marie Dorian who crossed the Rocky Mountains with the Wilson Hunt Astoria expedition of 1811. Her husband was their Native American interpreter. She was full native and her husband a metis, half native half white. This is the imagined story that Kirkpatrick feels could have surrounded Marie in her desire to, at all costs, keep her family of two boys with her husband and not get left behind in St.Louis. I really liked the knowledge that we wer ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. I thought it was well-written with an interesting storyline, and it seemed to be well-researched. Marie Dorion was certainly a strong woman to have endured what she endured and to have kept her children alive throughout it all. It was interesting to read about her and made me feel pretty cozy and safe here in my home with my children rather than out in the elements hunting for our food and trying to keep us safe from any aggressive Native American tribes. H ...more
Betsy Ellis
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on a true story and real people, this story takes place in the early 1800’s, shortly after Lewis and Clark have made their expedition west. The main character is Marie, a Native American woman (from the Ioway tribe) who is married to Pierre, a half Indian/ half French fur trader. At the start of the book they have a baby and a toddler, and Marie and the children are about to be left behind in St. Louis as Pierre leaves on another expedition west sponsored by the wealthy Astor family of New ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I was terribly disappointed in this book that got such rave reviews. I give 5 stars for the subject matter but that is where my generosity ends. The subject matter I adore so I ask myself what is the problem? I always learn a great deal about American history when I read Jane Kirkpatrick's books and in that regard I admire Jane as an author. I learned a great deal about Hunt's expedition because I googled various aspects of the journey; not so much as a result of Jane's descriptions ...more
Jan 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, partly because there were random French words scattered about, but also just for the story: a woman who risked crossing the country - not too long after Lewis and Clark made their expedition - in order to keep her family together. Her family was herself, her husband, and their two boys. I also thought it was interesting how the expedition leaders came to see this as an advantage - it meant they were on a peaceful expedition, since warring expeditions would not have brought w ...more
Abigailann (Abigail)

An intense historical drama telling the tale of an independently minded woman and her family.

I wasn't immediately grabbed by this book, but as each chapter unfurled I became more and more engrossed with the intensity if feelings that ran through its pages. Marie is a complex character that I'm sure all women can identify with in one way or another, and her passion really helped me to engage with the unfolding events.

I learnt a lot about C19th America from this book, particularly relating to the
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is based on the true-life story of Marie Dorion, French-Canadian & Sioux woman who followed her interpreter husband Pierre on a journey to the great Northwest territories along with the Pacific Fur Company members. Following after Sacagawea's example, and even meeting her briefly during the trek, Madame Dorion experienced many adventures and hardships along the way. Much of the story is true, but of course the writing of the tale takes some fictional liberties with character devel ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very likely choice for book of the year. Jane Kirkpatrick sat next to me at a Oregon Women for Ag dinner. Afterward I was able to buy a couple of books and have her sign them. Sacajawea was one of my childhood hero's and the heroine in this book share a very similar story. The book is about Marie an Indian woman who insists on taking her children and going with her French-Indian husband to Oregon Territory with the Aster Party. The Aster Party were the second party to successfully make the jou ...more
Hollis Fishelson-holstine
This is the second book I've read by Jane Kirkpatrick and I've thoroughly enjoyed both of them. She calls these 'a true story, imagined' as they are based on real characters and real events, but she weaves a story that makes those characters come to life. This is the first in a series and I'm anxious to read more. Both of the books I've read (and I suspect most of hers) are about strong woman characters. This one is about an Ioway Indian woman who crosses the mountains multiple times with an Ast ...more
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on a True Story (the Tender Ties Historical Series) Set during the fur-trapping era of the early 1800's. One woman struggles to keep her family together and alive.
With two rambunctious boys to raise, Maria Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads west. Faced with hostile landscapes, an untried expedition leader, and her volatile husband, Marie finds that the daring act she hoped would bind her family together may in the end tear them apart... I love Jane Kirkpa
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying Jane Kirkpatrick right now. I have to admit that this book took me a really long time to get through. It is a slow paced book and heavy at times. It is based on the true story of Marie Dorion, who, similar to Sacagawea crossed the country with her family in tow during the fur trapping era in the early 1800's. Her story is beautiful as is her strength and courage. The way she is mistreated and overlooked is upsetting and the terrible events she survives are sometimes hard to ...more
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