Back in 2005, the miniseries Into the West was shown on TBS. My sister and I would weekly get our spots on her futon and watch the show, never missing an episode. It was such a well done series with lots of history I didn’t know. And man oh man, did elementary school leave out quite a few details. Mmhmm.
Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men–ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable–vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones–and garner suspicion from her friends–by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn’t love?
This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop you as it takes you from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.
This was Frantz’s debut novel from a few years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Giving you a glimpse into what was such a chaotic time in American history, the story just doesn’t end at “I love you” and living happily ever after. Instead, it dives into the what life was like after. From the wars tearing apart families, raids by Indians, Americans, British and anyone else roaming the plains. Life for people, especially for couples who choose to go against the cultural norm, was anything but easy. It reminded of another fav of mine, The Last of the Mohicans (Daniel, can we be friends?).
It was a sad and often tragic time in our history, but in the midst of all of it, there was still life, love and beauty.
“But home wasn’t a place, she was coming to realize. Home was family.”