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Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton
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Jun 06, 2010

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Read in June, 2010

This is a fictional account of the infamous Donner party and their westward bound expedition gone horribly wrong. The story is told through journal entries of wife/mother Tamsen Donner. I've just finished the galley version, so there could be some differences in the final copy. While I liked this book, I wanted to like it more. I found the timeline hard to follow, jumping around from the characters present circumstances, to various pasts, anywhere from two days prior to Tamsen's childhood, with some entries repeated . I get the concept of what the author was trying to do, but I think there was something missing in the delivery. There were also a few historical facts that I might challenge. No, I'm not a big history critic, but I do work with elementary students, teaching them about the pioneer life. So it doesn't sound liked the book, but I did. I guess I just wanted more out of it.

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