The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

Large Print - 2010
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When Rachel, hired help in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with Isaac, the owner's son, he makes her a bargain: he'll marry her if she gives up her 160 Homestead Act acres so he can double his share. Fourteen years later, in the summer of 1917, it hasn't rained in months. Pregnant and struggling to feed her family, Rachel is determined to give them the life they deserve. But Isaac, a proud former Buffalo soldier, will never leave his ranch.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410431912
1410431916
Characteristics: 429 p. (large print) ; 25 cm

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Sep 24, 2017

Good book on pioneering in The Badlands. Not the best place for farming and ranching with its dry, rocky soil and extreme weather. But the Homestead Act was a good way for a black family to own land and give them a measure of equality with white men. I liked Rachel and her children. Didn't like Isaac so much. He seemed to love his accumulating land more than his family. Good descriptions of the day to day hardships and how they can wear you down - physically and mentally. Would enjoy a sequel to this following the children's lives after Rachel's ultimate decision.

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BurtonP
May 16, 2016

My husband read this whole book and said it was from a woman's perspective but good story of settling the prairies. I read it in two days, such a good read and really portrays how a woman can be torn between what she want's to believe and what she feels. Did this author die? How does a person prompt an author to create a sequel? I'd buy it new if the library didn't stock it. On Google I found 'The Promise' by Ann Weisgarber about a woman from Ohio who marries a Texas man and how her life changes, much intrigue. I'm going to request the library get this one as it looks promising.

lilly29 Mar 20, 2014

Written very well. I wish there was a sequel. I hope Weisgarber wrote more books. She knows how to paint a picture and use words.

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