Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson


Discover the stories of twelve women who “heard the call” to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey.

As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later.

As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived.

As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

About the author:

Marianne Monson holds a BA in English Literature, and MA in English Pedagogy, and an MFA in Creative Writing. The author of two historical novels, she has a strong interest in the relationship between literature and history. Marianne has taught English and Creative Writing at Portland Community College and BYU-Hawaii, and regularly speaks at writing conferences. She is the author of eight books for children and adults.

In Cassie’s opinion:

What an amazing book! This book is about twelve brave and heroic women. The author tells twelve stories of these pioneer women and what they went through in the frontier.
Each story is so wonderful and different. I was amazed at what these women accomplished in their life. The two women who stood out to me more than the others were Clara and Charlotte. I really enjoyed the story of Clara, who was a slave and later became free. She devoted her life to serving those around her even though she went through many hardships in her life. Charlotte who hid her gender as a woman to become the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived also intrigued me. Each story is unique and interesting, especially if you love history.
I recommend this book if you want to learn a lot about some truly inspiring women.

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