The Oregon/California Trail, 1850.
Boyd Cortland is a tall blond twenty-year-old. He’s known Rose Mahoney for a long time and feels responsible for her when her brother is killed. Rose determines to travel on a wagon train, away from her grief. Boyd’s the scout on the wagon train and he surveys for the railway company that ultimately wants to replace wagons with trains.
Rose is seventeen, with red hair, green eyes, Irish roots and a temper to match. She believes that if something has to be done - do it, and if some does you a wrong - get even. Rose is more than a match for Boyd Cortland.
It’s a tale of adventure, shared hardships, danger and romance.
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Review by: maggie bendelow on June 27, 2013
This is the first western I have read and I found it really interesting, I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened so I couldnt put it down!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase/ Carl Brush
D.M. Harrison's latest in a string of fine western novels takes its title from the common gold rush expression folks used to express their excitement (or trepidation) about heading to see what exotic or unknown adventures waited on the other side of those vast plains and high mountains. The expression has a long and murky history, but as nonsensical as it sounds, it was widely shared among the community of adventurers daring enough to take the trail from the familiar to the mysterious beyond.
Seventeen-year-old Rose Mahoney has no intention of heading out, but she's forced off her family farm by a combination of chicanery and brutality and has no choice but to take her 14-year-opld brother, Toby, and make the trek. The story of how she uses her courage, brains, and beauty to make her way and overcome her numerous mistakes--some of them nearly fatal--makes for an entertaining and exciting read. Of equal interest to me is that her destination--a place called Hangtown in the California Sierra foothills--is also a major location in my duo of western-located novels, The Maxwell Vendetta and The Second Vendetta. My stories take place a half-century later, after some chamber of commerce types decided that Hangtown was bad for business and changed it to Placerville.
But Going to See the Elephant brings Rose and Toby into Hangtown on the cusp of its transformation from a raw and violent hole of liquor and guns into a civilized community, and they're poised to help with the transformation.It's hard to make an original story out of the well-traveled literary trail about the "overlanders," but Harrison does a nifty job with her ending, making it seem both surprising and inevitable. If you're looking for a delightful story about strong women, handsome men, and a true-to-life picture of the western frontier, Going to See The Elephant is the place for you.
Do you have any experience raising teenage girls? Got any experience with teenager sisters?
Here are some kind words of advice for those not in the know: Whatever you do, don't make teenage girls mad, because there will be consequences. Young girls will remember your wrongs much longer than teenage boys would. If you are not in the know, reading this book will help you understand what I am talking about.
In "Going to See the Elephant", Rose the teenage heroine carves out a life for herself in the wild west. Rose will definitely suprise you. You will find details about Rose's experience on the trail that have been left out of other pioneer stories I read.
Even though this book isn't my favorite genre, I bought it thinking my kids might enjoy it. I wanted to read it first to make sure I approve of them reading it. I found this book clean for kids and enjoyed reading it myself. There were a few times characters said "damn" and "hell", which I consider to be very mild profanity. There were a few references to adult activities that parents might want to discuss with children. Romantic relationships in the book are marriage-bound and G rated. I'll keep this book on my shelf for my kids.
Read one of DM Harrison's books before, just read this one and really liked it. Characters are believable, real western atmosphere throughout- terminology, history (although fiction), good story with guns, robberies and a strong feminine character. Read it: you can't go wrong!