The Wind at her back
“To do a great right, do a little wrong.”1876. An Irish orphan with a dark past, young Fiona Shanahan emigrates to America and becomes a lady’s maid to a wealthy New York socialite, a safe haven where she reinvents herself. A lucky encounter lands her a spot on the Broadway stage, where she becomes a rising star until a violent confrontation forces her to flee west to Chicago. She meets theater magnate Julius DeMonte, who offers her sanctuary as part of the troupe aboard his showboat, Queen of Dreams, on its maiden voyage down the Mississippi. As they travel southward to New Orleans, Fiona discovers the reality of post-civil war America, very different from the gilded stages of New York. But Julius is far more than a simple theater producer, just as Fiona is far more than a naïve ingenue, and as she becomes entwined in Julius’s intrigues, Fiona finds herself in greater danger than she’s ever known before.
I was utterly and hopelessly lost in this story and didn’t want it to end
“In 1876, a young orphan, Fiona Shanahan, is sold into marriage to a violent man. When her child dies, she has nothing to lose and fights back, escaping his brutality and leaving him to burn. In fear and foreboding, she travels to America, where she stumbles into the theater and a career as an actress. Danger follows and threatens to interrupt her new freedom. In a harsh world, Fiona invites blessings into her life. She takes nothing for granted. She is kind and ruthless when survival is at stake. Kathleen Morris creates a remarkable world rich in danger, beauty, joy, grace and good old-fashioned luck. I was utterly and hopelessly lost in this story and didn’t want it to end.”
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1645991172
- ISBN-13 : 978-1645991175
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.62 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Encircle Publications, LLC (November 13, 2020)
- Language: : English
Another brave woman of the Old West
What I enjoyed most about the book is that it's NOT a book about Doc Holliday. Though I am very much a fan of the Doc Holliday story, this book has a different tale to tell. The story is scattered with non facts and reality but overall it's well told and well written. But most important it told by a woman of the Old West about life in the Old West. I recently visited the grave of "Big Nose" Kate in Prescott, AZ so I really felt a connection with her. Her grave is simple but people are always leaving flowers, trinkets, and other tidbits.
A very well written historical novel by Kathleen Morris.
This is a wonderfully written book that could appeal to both women and men. I don’t typically read Westerns, but this book had so many great elements, that it kept my interest throughout the book. It is a great story of perseverance, through extreme difficulty.
A great read from cover to cover.
Beautifully written, telling the story of a young girl, and her growing into a woman of the "wild west". If you love stories of triumph over tragedy, placed in an historical setting with an accuracy and a telling, that will keep you turning each page to learn more...you will love this book.
A Spirited Book of a True Woman of the West
You don't have to love reading westerns to thoroughly enjoy this book. From the beginning to the end, Kathleen Morris' superbly written work of fact entwined with fiction portrays the life and tragedies of Mary Katherine (Kate) Haroney, Big Nose Kate. It is a book I could not put down. From the moment Kate's parents fled the Mexican court of Emperor Maximilian to her days filled with saloons, gambling, entrepreneurship, betrayed friendships, tragic courtships and death, Kate was a true survivor in a man's world amongst the unforgiving and lawless west.
Enjoyable and hard-to-put-down book!
Loved how the historical characters came alive. I especially enjoyed reading about Kate’s life and how she lived, loved, and survived as a woman in the wild west. Lots of page turning intrigue as well as interesting historical background. I can’t wait for Kathleen Morris to publish her next book!