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by Linda Crew

A Heart For Any Fate: Westward To Oregon - 1845 download ebook
ISBN:
0875952917
ISBN13:
978-0875952918
Author:
Linda Crew
Publisher:
Oregon Historical Society Pr (March 31, 2005)
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Pages:
239 pages
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1491 kb
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1664 kb
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Historical Fiction
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Rating:
4.4

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A Heart for Any Fate book. This work is the winner of the 2004 Stevens Literary Prize  .

What Crew has accomplished in A Heart for Any Fate is a tale that should make a place for itself in the classics of. .

What Crew has accomplished in A Heart for Any Fate is a tale that should make a place for itself in the classics of western historical fiction. I was in love with the King family, their dreams, their courage, their heartbreaking experiences on the Oregon Trail.

Linda Crew (born 1951) is an American author based in Oregon. Her writing ranges from children's books such as the "Nekomah Creek" series, to young adult Historical novels with crossover appeal for older readers such as Brides of Eden: A True Story Imagined, Fire on the Wind, and A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon 1845. Ordinary Miracles, published by William Morrow in 1993, is an adult novel. Her young adult novel Children of the River has won several awards

A Heart for Any Fate, based on the history of a company of real pioneers, tells the story . Linda Crew didn't always have to be a writer.

A Heart for Any Fate, based on the history of a company of real pioneers, tells the story of the King family, whose careful plans are challenged by the harsh, unforeseen realities of overland travel.

Lovisa King, 17, comes of age on the Oregon Trail and finds the strength to help her family survive a deadly shortcut on their journey to the Willamette Valley.

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Crew writes books for young readers from her Corvallis home. She does it so well that many adults want to read the results.

The extended King family, setting off for Oregon in 1845, come completely to life on the page, each one an individual, each one someone the reader cares about. The author magnificently tells the large story of the perilous trek west, and within it the small stories of a family, their squabbles and triumphs and heartbreaks. Crew writes books for young readers from her Corvallis home.

Linda Crew (born 1951) is an American author based in Oregon A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon 1845 (Oregon Book Award 2005). Children of the River. Her young adult novel Children of the River has won several awards. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Oregon, Phi Beta Kappa. A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon 1845 (Oregon Book Award 2005). The family makes the unfortunate decision to follow guide Stephen Meek, who leads them into blistering weather, drought, and treacherous river crossings along a shortcut that becomes known as the Terrible Trail. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Crew relies on trail journals and her own family history to imagine the emotional lives of her characters as they traverse the Oregon Trail. Most of the pioneers central to her story are based on real people and Crew weaves the few known facts of their lives into this harrowing tale of their journey west. Distributed by the University of Washington Press. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reviews:
  • Sataxe
Historical, but raw-fully honest...... It was tough making it out West, but those people paid a steep price. No little love stories in this one! They got lost and it was just a miracle any of them made it through. Usually, I pass books on to my mother-in-law, but I didn't think she needed to read such sad things.........no canibalism, if anyone wonders!
  • Kadar
My wife's family is directly descendant of the folks in this book. We bought this for her mother. She absolutely loved it.
  • Dianantrius
Linda Crew has crafted a wonderful book from true facts. Her characters are very believable, telling an interesting story of American history.
  • Fani
Gold Star Award Winner!

Lovisa King was just seventeen in the spring of 1845 when three generations of her family loaded up the green, canvas-covered wagons to make the two-thousand-mile journey from Missouri to Oregon.

Born right in the middle of ten brothers and sisters, Lovisa begins their expedition with dauntless optimism and absolute certainty that her family's superior preparation will protect them from any hardships the Overland Trail may present. Even a last-minute reassignment to her sister Sarah and "bossy" brother-in-law Rowland Chambers' wagon can't diminish Lovisa's enthusiasm for the future that lies ahead.

But the road west is cruel and indiscriminate, leaving a trail of fallen party members in its wake. The entire wagon train faces days of unanswered thirst, weeks of trekking across the barren plains in blistering heat, and storms of prairie sand so acidic that the only remedy is axle grease rubbed into raw skin.

As death and disease ravage those she loves, with bone-deep weariness chipping away at Lovisa's soul, she begins to wonder if this expedition really has a terminus and when it does, how many Kings will be left standing when it ends.

I'm a huge history buff, especially anything pertaining to the Old West. The problem with a lot of us enamored of these tales, though, is a tendency to romanticize a time and place full of brutal and harsh realities. Linda Crew effortlessly sidesteps this trap to capture Lovisa's story as it might have been. Opening A HEART FOR ANY FATE is a general introduction to the U.S.'s great expansion, circumstances leading up to the citizen's migration, and life along the trail itself.

Lovisa and her family are the heart of this story; searching, like so many Americans at the time, for a more prosperous fate in a new land. Ms. Crew did such a wonderful job creating this young woman's voice, I had to continuously remind myself that I wasn't reading an actual account of her experience; although if the truth be told, I was moved to tears more than once during my reading.

A HEART FOR ANY FATE is a fascinating and moving depiction that immerses the reader into a defining period of American history and definitely shouldn't be missed.

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  • Vispel
I too am a descendent of the infamous lost wagon train that took the Meek's Cutoff of 1845. I have always imagined what my family was experiencing on their journey. Linda Crew has made this a 3 dimensional saga. Not only can I hear the voices but can smell the wildflowers and the axel grease, the blood sweat and tears and the alkaline dust to the scent of new calico and old leather. I hear the song "Shennandoah" with the women's tears and the fireside dances. I see the countless stars of a prarie sky and the sun on the golden locks of a doomed child. I feel the heat of the shadeless terrain and the breaking of hearts and the hope of new life. I taste the bitterness of unimaginal losses, the crunch of an apple after near starvation and the sweetness of a first kiss. This is a book not just for young adults or Oregonians, but for all that seek their dreams of what may come. Thank you Linda, for putting flesh to the bones of my imagination. It was as if I was carried back and met my ancestors face to face, heart to heart.
  • Preve
Linda Crew has outdone herself with this heartfelt telling of one family's journey to Oregon on the fabled Oregon Trail. While many of the adventures and relationships of the King family told in this wonderful book may perhaps not be historically "accurate", they resonate with poignancy and truth. Readers of all ages can relate to sibling squabbles, first loves and the loss of someone dear. What may open many readers' eyes are the incredible hardships these pioneers endured, all for the hope of a better life in a better place. Those of us who are now reaping the benefits of their sacrifice should be especially grateful - I know I am. Buy one for yourself and for anyone else who could use a good read!
  • INvait
I met the author, read the book, and marveled at it's truth. First People's didn't always attack wagon trains. I am Arapaho, and the Oregon Trail ran right through our Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. My great grandmother was snuck off the reservation with a family traveling the Oregon Trail when she was six years old. Many white people were trusted enough to send their own children with them. My great grandmother returned to the reservation as an adult with fond memories of her life with the "white wagon folk". I image them to be very much like the King family. Hooray to Oogula Press for reprinting this book.
As a 1845 Meek Cut-off descendant and researcher, I found this story not only entirely captivating, but also highly faithful to the time and place when events on this disastrous new route actually occurred. This book is a real tear-jerker, and if you were grabbed by reading about the 1846 Donner Party, you MUST read this book. Linda Crew has a remarkable talent for fitting her romantic novel neatly into a historically accurate true-life tragedy, in which only the heartiest souls survived. You will be enthralled from the moment you start reading about the King family, for whom Benton County's King's Valley is named.