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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

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Pioneer Women in the Age of Technology

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 13, 2011



Do you ever wonder what your grandmother or great grandmother would have to say about the internet and blogs and Facebook and Twitter and all the fun tools we have at our fingertips? Well, today my grandmothers made it into cyberspace. Of course, they did it virtually, as most things are done these days.

Today my pioneer family saga The Daughters of Courage went live on Amazon, Nook, and— get this— Amazon Germany. (What the Germans will make of our Idaho pioneers I can't wait to see.) This trilogy is the story of an Idaho pioneer family— mostly a composit of my family, but incorporating other pioneer stories as well.

I was backed into writing these books by an editor who wanted a pioneer series. This was when "Little House of the Prarie" was leading popularity polls and pioneer romances were what bonnet romances are today. "Another tree doesn't need to die for more of what's alreadyout there," I replied.

Then I started reading the accounts of our Idaho desert pioneers and discovered that their stories hadn't been told at all. Desert pioneering was entirely different from sodbusting on the prairie. I developed the most tremendous respect for these women who survived in a climate where their nearest water was 15 miles away in the Snake River and the air was so dry that clothes spread out over sagebrush bushes would dry in 15 minutes— at night.

And so I told their story and the stories of their daughters who lived through the Great Depression and their granddaughters who came of age during the turbulence of the 60's and70's. This is my story, the story of our state and of our nation. Maybe it will be your story, too, because no matter what age we live in, surviving and triumphing requires courage.

DAUGHTERS OF COURAGE SERIES                                     

KATHRYN:  Days of Struggle & Triumph

America, in every era of her history, demanded courage and perseverance from her women. At the turn of the century, Kathryn’s world opens up to a new community, new friendships, and romance when she moves from Nebraska to Idaho. Elizabeth’s dreams of a college education seem impossible when the stock market crashes in 1929 and the Great Depression looms in the horizon. And in the ‘60’s Stephanie’s position in the Idaho Statehouse is just the place for her to make sure her housing subsidy bill passes— if the handsome Attorney General would just stay out of the way. These are absorbing stories of three strong-willed and determined young women who each learns to rely on God’s faithfulness to guide her through whatever the world brings, even love and romance.  --Christian Book Distributors

ELIZABETH: Days of Loss & Hope         

Elizabeth dreams of going to college in the fall. When the Great Depression threatens to destroy that dream, she receives strength and courage from her mother, Kathryn, and proves God’s faithfulness in meeting her needs. Sometimes her tuition was paid in chicken for the kitchen, or sage brush for fuel.

STEPHANIE: Days of Turmoil & Victory

In book 3, Elizabeth’s daughter finds herself involved in politics in the 60’s due to her father’s health problem. Wanting to help improve and change the world, she works to get the housing subsidy passed. This brings her into conflict with the Attorney General. In addition to the conflict in her professional life, she finds conflict in her personal life between her attraction to David Fraser, a woolgrower from Scotland, and Carlton Sperlin, a longtime friend from Idaho. The conflict leads Stephanie to strengthen her relationship to God, and to trust Him for her future and relationships.                                                                                                         --Librarian’s World


Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine a wilderness so hot and dry that the only thing that grows is endless acres of sagebrush. Imagine having to travel 15 miles just to get fresh drinking water! Imagine a life without any of the comforts we take for granted.

It takes determination and courage to survive in a place like that. Kathryn Jayne not only survived, she thrived— her experiences bringing to life the promises of the Gospel.

In the midst of that drought ridden desolation, she also found the love of many dear friends and a dashing, irreverent Scotsman struggling to outdistance a troubled past.

From untamed Idaho to Edwardian London, to enchanting Scotland, Kathryn recorded her experiences in the journals that became the basis for this thrilling saga, an inspiration for her family and us all.

Kathryn’s cherished daughter Elizabeth must draw on that inspiration when her dreams of becoming a teacher are shattered by a family crisis. But the courage that sustained her mother, along with the love of the dynamic Eliot Hamilton, helps her to triumph. Against the backdrop of a country devastated by the Great Depression, she finds that God has not forsaken her.

And what about Stephanie, Kathryn's granddaughter? Growing up in an idyllic small down during the ‘50s, nurtured by a loving family, she never dreamt that her world would be torn apart by anti-war demonstrations, political scandals and the turbulence of the psychedelic ‘60s. Her mother and grandmother faced physical hardship, but how much more difficult the emotional challenges can sometimes be!

Because these are real people and real events, the experiences of faith, challenged and faith triumphant are all the more meaningful. God’s abundant love comforts and sustains these Daughters of Courage as it will sustain us all if we open our hearts.

It’s rare to find novels that combine a strong Christian ethic with compelling story-telling. I hope that Donna Fletcher Crow’s loving testament to her grandmother and mother and to the brave men and women who shaped our country will touch you as much as it did me.

Lenore Person, Guideposts Books

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

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