Monday, November 30, 2009

Though Waters Roar

By Lynn Austin

Though this delightful tale begins with Harriet Sherwood sitting in jail wondering how she became a criminal, it is really the story of the women who came before her.

While being a slightly slow read, it is worth every minute of it.

Set primarily in the mid  to late 1800's and early 1900's this book puts you at a station on the Underground Railroad, on a Civil War battlefield, on the sidewalk in front of a saloon just before Prohibition, and in the Women's Suffrage march on Washington DC. Full of accurate historical detail you see these events as an eye witness.

The issues of women in this time period are clearly brought to light in the lives of Harriet's grandmother and mother. Harriet's grandmother was a farm girl when she met Horatio Garner, a wealthy son of a tannery owner. Through the grandmother's life you see true living faith in action as she faces trials in her marriage and with her in laws, tragedy, and triumph. She grows from being a young farm girl into a powerful woman of faith who cares for the poor and fights for just causes.

As Harriet reflects on the life of her grandmother and mother she sees how their lives have influenced her in many ways.

I did receive a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes, but that in no way influenced my opinion of it.

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