In the spring of 1833, newlywed Betsey Baker-Swain’s simple life changes when she and her husband, Aaron, make a hasty decision to join Betsey’s family on a move from Pennsylvania to Michigan Territory.
Along the way, rainstorms, freezing temperatures, seasickness, and lack of privacy pale in comparison to what the family will encounter once arriving at their destination. Soon, daily trials will include ear-piercing howls of wild wolves, bad weather, clouds of mosquitoes, and disturbing situations with the natives. Even then, Betsey wonders if this trip will finally quench her father’s adventurous spirit.
Over the next year, the Baker family will gain incredible strength, divine trust, and unexplainable courage, but will it be enough to keep them at the tiny cabin by the twisting Shiawassee River? Will uncertainty overtake their determination or will God’s intervention sustain them enough to become a part of the history of a new land?
My thoughts: I found this story and the history behind it to be riveting! I thought that it was neat to have the chance to travel along with Betsey and Aaron as they start their new life in the Michigan Territory. I can only imagine how exciting and scary that it would of been to set out on an adventure like that! I loved reading the historical notes after finishing the story. Elizabeth does an excellent job of marrying fiction and history with this story!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
About the Author
Elizabeth Wehman’s writing career spans over thirty years and encompasses curriculum, periodical, journalism, and novel writing.
Her dream has always been to write novels and Elizabeth launched her first contemporary fiction, Under the Windowsill, in 2014. Since then, she’s added four titles to her shelf. They include: Promise at Daybreak, Just a Train Ride, Mere Reflection, and her latest complete historical work, The Year the Stars Fell.
She found the historical genre to be filled with rabbit trail research as well as walks through bygone cemeteries. The pioneers, of the early nineteenth century, reflected an amazing stamina and a determined courage to venture into the unknown. The Year the Stars Fell is based on a forgotten village established in the Territory of Michigan in 1833. She fell in love with the Baker family and the information she discovered about them gave way to folklore and tales of the early homesteaders. Two future novels are planned that will include the continuation of the nineteenth century farming community. The series will be called, ‘The Newburg Chronicles’.
In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to read and enjoys being out in nature. Her favorite places are digging in her flower garden, listening to the birds as they herald a new day, or taking a walk on the country roads surrounding her home in Michigan.
Elizabeth has been a trucker’s wife for over thirty years which helps supply the needed solitude to produce extraordinary stories. She has three grown children, four grandpuppies, and two sons-in-law.
More from Elizabeth
Texas Book-aholic, August 24
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 25
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Inklings and notions, August 26
For Him and My Family, August 27
21st Century Keeper at Home, August 27
Connie’s History Classroom, August 28
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 29
Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 29
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 30
deb’s Book Review, August 30
For the Love of Literature, August 31
Older & Smarter?, September 1
Joanne Markey, September 1
Artistic Nobody, September 2 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Betti Mace, September 3
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 4
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 5
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 5
Pause for Tales, September 6
To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of The Year the Stars Fell and a $25 gift card to Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, which can be used online!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.