Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Against All Odds

Against All Odds
By Barbara Riefe
Forge, 1997. 286 pgs. Fiction

Lucy Scott Mitchum wasn’t sure how she felt about California. But that’s were she was going. Ever since they’d left the security of their life back east…ever since they’d packed all their belongings, taken their little family, and started on the trail west, Lucy and her husband, Noah, had talked of nothing but their future.

California was paradise, and unlimited opportunity, and untold riches. But before the promise of California, there would be endless miles of prairie and mountain, swollen rivers and Indians, disease and madness.

This was an interesting gold rush story. At times I felt like I was on the trail with this family as they experienced long days, heartache, and the exhilaration of reaching the Sacramento Valley.


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