A Name of Her Own
"Into a man's world of war, ambition and intrigue stepped a woman, a wife, a mother. Marie." A NAME OF HER OWN is the first book in the Tender Ties Historical Series set in the fur trapping era of 1811 which history suggests was a man's world. But women walked there, too. They worked and loved and wept. They changed. One of those women was Marie Dorion, a passionate mother who crossed the United States with her husband, two sons and 68 men as part of the first grand fur expedition following Lewis and Clark. As part of Wilson Price Hunt's journey for John Jacob Astor, this expedition changed the West forever.
Even more intriguing is that history records that in 1811, the Lewis and Clark interpreter, Sacagawea, and Marie Dorion were at the same place at the same time for five weeks. One woman was going home to the Mandan village and the other was beginning a new life that would challenge her strength, her marriage and her very existence. Both were Indian woman married to Sioux and French-Canadian men; both were pregnant; both had sons and both were now affiliated with fur trapping expeditions led by white men. What Marie received from that brief time with Sacagawea was to touch her deeply, aiding her as she fought for her family, a changing faith and her very existence one winter in the Blue Mountains of what is now Oregon.
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A NAME OF HER OWN reminds us that even tender ties can bind our hearts forever. Marie's story, based on true accounts, will remind you of the value of friendships however distant and brief they might be.
“Well known for her poetic prose as well as her historical accuracy, Kirkpatrick’s stories tug at a reader’s heartstrings, and build bridges from character to reader.”
--Roundup Magazine, Western Writers of America
“The historically accurate details are woven with care, and the characters are fully imagined.”
--The Denver Post
“Kirkpatrick’s meticulously researched narrative ensnares the reader in the drama of unfolding historical events, events that transformed a nation.”
--Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, South Carolina