I just finished this book and found it very enjoyable. Fictional account based on a historical event it gave a good description of life on the plains in 1875. The characters were believable and very human. I loved it and recommend it.
This book was based on a true incident when a Native American chief suggested to U.S. Grant that marrying white women would better assimilate the tribes. The story is about women who decided to do just that. A reverse Dances with Wolves!
While reading the book I didnt realize how much I got to know and love the white women in the story. When the characters, especially May Dodd, went through the conclusion of the book, I cried my eyes out. I was surprised that even through journal entries I could be so moved by a story. A fabulous read.
Historical fiction at it's best! I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. The characters are well constructed and the mingling of real events and the author's translation of the story make this book a keeper. I was gripped by how real and vivid the book was about the situations the characters found themselves in.I didn't realize that this was a fictional account until I was finished!
A wonderful and powerful story: the insightful, sensitive journals of May Dodd, one of "one thousand white women" who volunteered in 1874 to travel from Chicago to the Nebraska territory to marry Cheyenne Indians, to create a caucasian/Indian race, and to promote peace and understanding between the white settlers and the Indians.
The author of this book took a moment in history and said "what if". What a great and interesting idea. The book reads like an historical journal, and the reader needs to remind themself that it is fiction.
A fictional memoir recorded chronologically,diary style, and based on historical events. This book is a gem. I'm not a fan of this type of storytelling but the author managed to blend facts with fantasy in such an engaging manner that you just can't help falling in love with May Dodd, and probably every other female character on this book. I highly recommend it.
The characters in this book are absolutely convincing and real, with one caveat: there is NO WAY a woman of that era, and in those circumstances, would be able to talk so openly and assertively to the male characters. Be it Indian or Caucasian, it was another 200 years before women could freely speak their minds, even to the point of interrupting an Indian council meeting! Other than that, I was absolutely convinced that these journals exist in some family's historical archives, especially with the final ending it was given that made it so real.