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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.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable story, but quite sow paced. Suggested for the patient, historically interested reader who isn't expecting a lot of fast paced action.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Not my usual genre. I would have liked a little more fictionalizing/story.
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