“The Lily of the West” – by Kathleen Morris
The Lily of the West – by Kathleen Morris
“This is a wonderfully written book that could appeal to both women and men. I don’t typically read Westerns, but this book had so many great elements, that it kept my interest throughout the book. It is a great story of perseverance, through extreme difficulty. This book shares another perspective on a piece of history that we’ve all heard about, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral, but this time we get to hear it from Mary Katherine Haroney, Kate. A woman who struggled, but was determined and accomplished what she set her mind to do. If Kate were alive today, I’d love to see what she would be doing!”~Janell @ Green Gables Book Reviews
Mary Katherine Haroney may have been born in the wrong era. In the 1800’s, there were not many job choices for women-and she was an independent woman with no interest in taking the typical route in life. Even as a young woman, she wasn’t interested in the fancy parties that her Mother felt were so important for her to attend. Kate’s family was in all of the right social circles, and had many great opportunities. Things changed when Kate was 15 and her family needed to flee their homeland. They arrived in Davenport, Iowa to make a new life. Soon after, Kate becomes an orphan. With help along the way, she learns skills that will serve her well throughout her life.
On her own, she traveled to the new American Frontier, where she soon becomes known as “The Lily of the West,” with musical talents that can quiet a room, and then make it roar in applause. Through her journeys she meet Wyatt Earp, then later, Doc Holliday. She and Doc Holliday become a powerful, but dangerous couple throughout the new west. The battle at the O.K. Corral is a moment in US History that lasted 30 seconds but had a big impact. Kate was there, along with Doc and the Earp family, fighting against a group of Cowboys, that were quick to shoot and didn’t care about the law.
A story of fighting for what is right, standing up for your friends, taking chances and remembering your family. The last few chapters were very memorable.
A very well written historical novel by Kathleen Morris.
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