March 28, 2017
CALAMITY JANE: How The West Began
HOW THE WEST BEGAN
Fifteen-year-old Martha Canary's family arrives in the gold fields of 1860's Montana in impoverished circumstances and despised for uncertain reasons. Soon, Martha makes a name for herself as Calamity Jane through her exploits, wins friends, and becomes the toast of the town. Murder and robbery stalk all who travel the surrounding trails, and Jane thinks she knows who is responsible. Can she and her new friends rally forces to clean the place up?
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Most of us have heard about Calamity Jane but this is the first time I've read anything about her. Sh was so much a part of American History. It's hard to imagine what her life was like with a mother who had to make money by prostitution and a father, who failed at farming, thus, making a living at gambling. Neither was very prosperous. They lived in the worse of conditions. With her parents, most of the time gone, Jane was in charge of her little sister. While she visits town, she becomes well known. She earns the name Calamity Jane and she is determined to go out on her own. The town is a bad place, killing and beating up on the citizens. But Calamity has an idea who is responsible. We get a wide varied adventures of Calamity and some of her friends. Calamity is a girl, although with the way she dresses and her hair cut she isn't afraid to be one of the boys. She's far from fragile and she can stand with any man. Even though she is tough she is gentle in her heart. Even though this was a work of fiction, many things depict the way things were back in 1860, the civil war era. Known as Calamity Jane, her real name was Martha Jane Canary and wasn't known for 15 years as Calamity Jane. I found it fascinating that Calamity found a way to make money instead of attending school. The suspense slowly builds until the thieves and robbers were discovered with the help of Calamity. I can't say enough about this book. A great read and you won't want to put it down. Calamity Jane helped develop the land and towns and helped to bring justice to all. This is one book, if you like historical reads that you won't want to miss.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Word Slinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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Posted by Gayle Pace