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Review: Frontier Grit by Marianne Monson

I’m secretly obsessed with 19th century American history. Well, it isn’t so secret anymore if you read my blog regularly! I came across this history book about kick ass ladies while browsing on Bookdepository.

Discover the stories of twelve women who “heard the call” to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later. As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived. As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

Now first of all, most of these kind of books are white, white, and even more white. Which is unrealistic, at best, because there are tons of amazing women of colour out there too! Luckily, this book tried to be inclusive! It isn’t perfect but hey, I do want to give it points for trying.

Now, if I had to describe this book, I would just say “Love”. All of the women in this book were motivated by love. Not just romantic love, but all kinds of love. There‘s a lady who loved children so much, she started a girls home for Chinese girls to give them a chance at life. Clara, the woman who looked for her daughter for decades, was the most amazing one. I cried reading her story! There’s a lady who just wanted to be a doctor. A lady who just wanted to be herself.  The women aren’t perfect and never will be, but they are still amazing. 

Now, the one thing that annoyed me to no end was the fact that the author couldn’t possibly imagine any of these women to not fall in love with men. They all had to be straight, because any other way wasn’t possible!!1!! Which is ridiculous.

But ok, this book is great. I honestly learned a lot about women I’ve never heard about, it’s history, it’s kick ass women being bAD ASS and just I loved it! I highly recommend this book if you are on the lookout for some amazing women, love 19th century history, or just want an interesting read!

I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.

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