“Katrine: High Valley Home” by Joseph Dorris (McCall native); iUniverse ($22.95)
It is 1862 as 9-year-old Katrine Larson heads west to a mountain valley in pre-Idaho Territory with her family and several other Swedish families. But when her parents and older brother are separated from the main wagon train, Katrine suddenly becomes an orphan.
The Swedish families want nothing more than to create new lives in America. Unfortunately, none are prepared for the brutal realities of farming in wilderness populated by Sheepeater Indians and wild gold prospectors. After Sven and Margret Olafson welcome Katrine into the folds of their family, she never loses hope of one day reuniting with her parents and brother. Katrine knows her place will be to marry and raise children, but her dreams dim as the Swedes struggle to survive amid tragedies. Although Katrine and her adoptive younger sister celebrate traditions with other Swedish children, it is a German hurdy-gurdy girl who teaches Katrine about sacrifice and love. But it is not until the magic of Swedish fairy tales and childhood romance is stripped away that Katrine is finally able to see the realities of adulthood.
“Katrine: High Valley Home” shares an unforgettable glimpse into a young girl’s coming-of-age journey as she clings to hope and attempts to survive among the wilds of 1800s Idaho.
“The Storm” by Amanda Avila (Idaho); Lulu Press ($14.99)
In the midst of the most exciting time of their lives, tragedy strikes, changing their lives forever. Their relationship threatens to be ripped apart by the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Prepare to laugh and cry as Amanda Avila painstakingly documents both the physical and emotional sides of cancer, vividly portraying the agony of treatments and the strain jeopardizing their relationship. Throughout it all she’s able to courageously become the voice of cancer patients. As unexpected humorous moments arise from what appears to be her darkest days, you’re left rejoicing as she triumphantly battles to overcome the trials and uncertainty that has become her life.
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