|Jane Kirkpatrick: What Once We Loved|
Press (Trade Paperback), ISBN 1-57856-234-1
Widowed Mazy Bacon quickly learns that dairy cows (and the cow brute [bull]) can rupture dreams and destroy hope. But so can other things like beginnings, and new experiences test her faith. Nevertheless, she works tirelessly to provide for herself and for the starving Native American women and children she takes under her wing.
Ruth Martin loses her dream of a horse dynasty in a horrible accident, but when she receives hope for a new a different future, she must find the courage to accept what the future offers. Even if it means moving to Oregon.
Elizabeth Mueller, Mazy's mother, fully appreciates the value of joy, life and love and moving on. Elizabeth bakes her way into hearts and into tomorrow, caring for abused Native Americans in her small area of California.
These and thousands of other women formed the essential circle that made America's great westward migration possible. These women spread their skirts to provide privacy for personal acts on the prairies. They spread their love and understanding to give shelter in more trying times.
Did I want this to be the last book in this inspirational series? No! I want to know what happened to the children, the children's children, and what happened to the quilt the original women pieced, with each woman sewing a block -- the quilt that was the physical embodiment of their trials and triumphs.
Patricia Lucas White
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