Crooked Paths Straight by Elizabeth Wehman ~ Book Review + Giveaway

February 15, 2022

 


About the Book


Book: Crooked Paths Straight
Author: Elizabeth Wehman
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: June 2021

This is a continuing story of the Baker family who settles in the Michigan Territory in 1833. Establishing the new settlement requires stamina, endurance, compromises with the natives, and most of all a strong trust in God and His provisions. Each character in Crooked Paths Straight is confident that their individual paths will lead to happiness and security, yet when trials arise…they soon realize that God’s path is best. This is the second book in the Newburg Chronicle series.

 

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My Thoughts


This is definitely one of those series that myst be read in order as this follows the family from book one. Being that I had never read it I was a bit detached to the characters and it took me a while to get into their lives. The author does a great job at making you feel like you are in the setting of the story. She also did an excellent job at integrating God's word throughout the story. Do unto others as you would have them do to you resonates as the theme to this story. 

This was my first book by this author but I wouldn't mind reading more from her. If you enjoy historical fiction I definitely recommend this one. 

My Rating: 3 Stars/Liked it

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.




About the Author


This is Elizabeth’s sixth novel and her second complete historical which pulls out her love of research. Her books concentrate on Michigan history, especially in her county along the banks of the Shiawassee River. Elizabeth has lived in Michigan her whole life where she has raised three children and will soon welcome the birth of her first granddaughter. She loves capturing not only the early history of the state but the amazing aspects of living in the Great Lakes state.

 

More from Elizabeth


After working as a newspaper reporter, I soon realized that the best part of writing articles was the research. When I began writing historical fiction, I realized it pulled in that element to the extreme. I then fell in love with history but especially the elements of searching through a cemetery for a specific character, finding significant paragraphs in a newspaper article about a particular family, and then sitting down to fictionalize the details I found. It was fun to mix history with fiction.

 

The Baker family, in the The Newburg Chronicles series, came to life in an era that doesn’t always get much attention in the historical fiction scene…the 1830s. This was the beginning of many small settlements in Michigan due to the opening of the Erie Canal. Settlers would travel the canal into Detroit by steamboat and then purchase oxen in the city to move inland. Often they’d only have a map with their property outlined and would then have to blaze a trail west and north to find that property to build a home and farm the land…often sight unseen.

 

The trips inland were grueling and filled with many unknowns including Indians, rough river crossings, swarms of mosquitoes, and howling wolves. What they’d discover was a vast wilderness with trees to gird, cut, and use to build their homes. They’d then need oxen to help prepare the soil to plant crops. Daily chores were exhausting for not only the men but also the women and children.

 

How did they survive? How did families work together to establish a farm? Did they get help or were they all alone? If you enjoy learning about the early settlers of a new territory, The Newburg Chronicle series is for you!



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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 15

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 17

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Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Crooked Paths Straight and also a $50 gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/19bc5/crooked-paths-straight-celebration-tour-giveaway




5 comments

  1. Elisabeth, Crooked Paths Straight sounds like a great book for me to read and I like the cover, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, for sharing your thoughts! Have a beautiful day!

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  2. This sounds like a great read and one that I will enjoy.

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  3. Good book for winter reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds like a good read

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