The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick had its ups and downs for me. The book is written in three parts; Family, Exile, and Reunion. Family was all about the walk that mother (Helga) and daughter (Clara) took in order to raise money to save their farm. On their journey they had many encounters both good and bad, but while they were successful with their completion it wasn’t enough. The second part of the book looks at the daughter’s life and what she does once she is exiled from her family. I had a difficult time getting into this because the plot moved very slowly and I found the work that the daughter did to be boring. However, once she discovered her true gift, the book started to pick up and was excited to see what the outcome would be.
This book was all about personal revelations for Clara, the main character. She overcame so many struggles throughout her life that it kept me reading to find out how the story would end. She was not presented gift after gift on a silver platter, rather she had to work to accomplish her goals. I believe this is important for every woman (or man) to see play out, as it helps to give us all a sense of purpose.
This is not a book I would read over and over again, due to the slow moving plot. However, it was a good story of endurance and love. Thank you Water Brook Multnomah for providing me with this book to read.