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November 8, 2011

Dakota by Brenda Marshall

Fun Find-  Maybe it is the addition of AMC's new show "Hell on Wheels" but I've been in the mood for some good ol' frontier stories this fall.  Brenda Marshall's new book, "Dakota" is exactly that type of book.  Following the lives of homesteaders, farmers, frontier politicians and some Northern Pacific Railroad executives it is the story of one Frances Houghton Bingham.  In love with the ideas of making a go at life in the west, finding opportunity in the Dakota Territory, Frances takes risks to get what she desires in this new world.  At the heart of the book is Norwegian homesteader, Kirsten Knudson who grows from girl to woman in the pages of this book. 

Dakota is a good fall read and available for $24.95 at