(Review) A Name of Her Own, Tender Ties Historical Series Book #1 by Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Genre: Historical fiction.
Source: In 2010, I won a copy from the author.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Historical links for more information:
National Women's History Museum
History of American Women blog
Time period: 1811-1812.
A Name of Her Own is a historical fiction account of Marie Dorion. Marie and her family were apart of the Lewis and Clark expedition group. Her husband was a fur-trapper. They had two young sons. In the beginning, Marie's husband wanted her and the children to stay behind in St. Louis, she refused. The westward trek to the Pacific was physically and emotionally straining, especially for the young Dorion boys. Another woman was also apart of the expedition, Sacagawea.
I've had A Name of Her Own in my TBR pile since 2010. I'd planned to read the book in 2010, but other books kept covering it up. I'm glad to declare I've read the book and loved it. I have only 3 more Christian fiction books to read in my TBR pile.
I loved reading a Christian fiction book where the emphasis is not on a love story. The theme of boy meets girl, or girl meets boy, and their romantic tango has gotten boring.
A strong theme of A Name of Her Own is the survival of Marie Dorion, and her effort to provide and care for her young sons. A secondary theme is Marie Dorion's eye-witness to history.
She is portrayed as a independent minded woman. She is a resilient and persevering woman. The friction between Marie and her husband depicts their harsh and abusive life. Marie's intention is for her family to survive; however, her husband's perspective is different.
A Name of Her Own shows the tasks Marie and Sacagewea would be expected to perform. From the preparing of food and camp set-up, to the tiresome travel and the constant monitoring of children. While the men had their roles, the women also had important duties.
A Name of Her Own is not a "pretty" story. At times, it is difficult to read. The reality of Marie's life was brutal. Her losses, regrets, and consequences of actions caused her anguish. However, her reaction was often propelled by the decisions of other people.
A Name of Her Own is a memorable testament to Marie Dorion's life.