Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

Life for privileged women during the Victorian era was not always easy. Their days were filled with social calls and tea parties and good books. There were strict societal rules for etiquette and propriety. But life in New York was much, much easier than life for the pioneers who braved the Western frontier.

Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamund Underwood were Smith College graduates who were becoming bored with their life. They longed for a bit of adventure and to dedicated their life to practical work that would make a difference. So together, they applied applied to become teachers in the small community of Elkhead, Colorado. They were accepted, and thus, in the summer of 1916, they left their friends, their family, and everything they knew and loved, to travel together to Colorado. 

Nearly one hundred years later, Dorothy Wickenden is given her grandmother, Dorothy Woodruff's letters. What the dusty pages of the handwritten pages revealed was fascinating tale of how two courageous young women, travelled West and carved a fruitful life for themselves in the American wilds.  She became fascinated with her grandmother's heroic stories and dug deeper into the lives of these fascinating women to write a detailed and factual history of their astounding adventure. 

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden is a non-fiction book about experiences of these two teachers. What was exceptional about this book was the level of research and detail that went into its writing. The author took the time to delve into lesser known details to really bring to life this era. From train schedules to meals to the characters they met along the way, every detail is brought to life. It is an exceptional look at an era long past and will stand as an inspiring record of two women's courage to face rugged challenges and adversity. 



Audra said...

I am dying to read this one! It looks so good -- glad you enjoyed it!

Andi's English Attic said...

I didn't think this would be available on Amazon UK, but it is. It's on my wish list for my next order. xx