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The Last Letter by Kathleen Shoop
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Aug 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: award-winners, historical-fiction

This pioneer saga won the 2011 IPPY Award. Jeanne is a mother and writer of books on homemaking. Suddenly her family is disgraced through no fault of her own and her husband decides to seek anonymity and a new start in the Dakota territories. They live in an underground cave made of sod and suffer catastrophe, betrayal and death in the months to follow. Their few neighbors joined them in a co-op in hopes of sharing their individual talents and burdens to ensure survival of the whole, but nothing went as planned.

Pioneers had to bear many children if they hoped to see a few survive. Superhuman efforts were expended by Jeanne as she attempted to cover the weaknesses of her head-in-the-clouds husband. When nature, weather and death all conspire to destroy the small community, Jeanne makes hard, unpopular decisions. It is only upon her deathbed that all is made plain.

My favorite reading is of the building of America and this is a fine example of pioneering the West, once again making me so proud to be an American of many generations.
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Reading Progress

August 7, 2011 – Started Reading
August 7, 2011 – Shelved
August 7, 2011 – Shelved as: award-winners
August 7, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
August 10, 2011 –
page 34
August 10, 2011 –
page 90
August 12, 2011 –
page 257
August 13, 2011 – Finished Reading

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