Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Blurb Friday - April 15

My second entry into Book Blurb Friday's writing challenge - I hope you enjoy. (REVISED)


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thunder in the sky



Polly Washburn Hanna had always known she was from hearty stock. Her family had survived malaria, yellow fever, the Revolution and now she had survived Cholera. What she had not known was that her husband was not of similar stock until Elijah succumbed to a disease she was not prepared for. 


Now she was alone. Elijah had passed just before their arrival at Ft. Kearny where he was buried. There were permanent settlers there now. But, their dream had been land in Oregon Territory; open land where they could begin their lives, raise children (and livestock, something she could not do in Boston), where fish and game were plentiful. It really was their dream. Unlike others Polly knew, her husband would talk to her about his hopes and dreams in life. He would ask for her opinion, something her mother and grandmother found astonishing. And Polly simply adored him. But now Elijah was gone. 

14 comments:


Sandra Davies said...
I have more than a suspicion this is over the 150 words, but I do like the historical background to this tale
SJerZGirl said...
I never counted, but I did have to make myself stop.
Linda O'Connell said...
This book sounds inviting. A ring of truth to the fact that two generations back men didn't ask women for their opinions. A good set up for a story that could go in any direction.
Sioux said...
Ths blurb IS well over 150 words, but revising and cutting it down to the limit would be a great writing exercise. That is what I like so much about this weekly activity: an initial blurb is written, and then the real work comes..tightening it up, making it more succinct.
Lynn said...
I never seem to be able to reach 150 words. I like that the setting is from long ago.
jabblog said...
This sounds a most interesting historical novel told through a woman's experiences. This is a woman who won't, can't give up the dream she shared.
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...
I really enjoyed your story! That is sad that Elijah died, and I wonder what what she will choose to do? Thanks for the great blurb; my peeps came over via the Oregon Trail and I am always fascinated by these kinds of stories. You have 155 words, by the way. It is easy to find out, by either writing in Word or copying and pasting it into word when you are done ... which is what I did with your blurb and found out the count. Keep up the great work! Oh, I went ahead and added my first story onto my post for comparison, so if you get the chance to revisit me, I would love it. Kathy M.
Bookie said...
Like the historical element in this blurb.
SJerZGirl said...
Thank you all for your comments!
Tammy said...
I like the historical take to this book, too. And amazing how hard a tiny blurb can tug on those heartstrings! I want to find out what happens to hearty-but-heartbroken Polly.
Susan Fobes said...
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this. It makes me kind of sad and wondering what will become of our heroine...
Jenners said...
Oh ... historical fiction. Well done! I like how you conveyed all the little things in so short a space.
Lisa Ricard Claro said...
Since I love historical fiction I'd definitely pull this from the shelf. It would appeal in today's market, too, with a strong female lead who needs to "make it in a man's world." Great blurb! Thank you so much for participating. Wendy, you asked about my cat, Bailey. She is not a Russian Blue, but she could certainly pass for one. She's an old girl, too, at 13. :)
liberal sprinkles said...
I like the historical angle, I think Polly will do very well. She has that strength from being of hearty stock after all. I'm rooting for her!

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