Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Book Review: "A Claim of Her Own" by Stephanie Grace Whitson
It's 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is determined to make a fresh start after fleeing from her sinister boss in the gambling house where she was employed as a singer.
Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, in search of her younger brother, who went ahead of her in hopes of making a fortune in the gold mines. All Mattie wants is a safe and respectable life for the two of them, but that doesn't seem to be her destiny as she faces more heartache and trials.
Will the suspicious bottles of gold dust from her brother's claim be the key to her future...or does the handsome street preacher, who is always turning the other cheek, truly hold the answers to her deepest longings?
This was a very interesting book because it was so diverse in its content. A lady bullwhacker with a baby, a lady goldminer, a gun-slinger turned preacher, Wild Bill, Calamity Jane and 2 men with hooks for hands.
This book definitely showed the journey that Mattie has to take to find her faith. She goes from dealing cards to a wagontrain to a storekeeper to a gold-miner to a cook. Yes, all that. It kept it interesting.
This book is also very real and dosen't shy away from the ugliness that is in the world. But, it also shows that people make choices and can rise above their present circumstances.
This was my first Stephanie Grace Whitson book and I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading her next book "Sixteen Brides".