THE WHEEL AND THE HEARTH by Lucia B. Moore

THE WHEEL AND THE HEARTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The eternal variance between men who would wander- and women who would stay at home, underlines this story of covered wagons on the dusty trail west to Oregon, and Pamelia and her young husband Michael. For it is Michael and Pamelia's father, Robert Allen, who are caught by the promise of the far west, and the comfortless, monotonous journey is broken by the dangers of Indians and bears, buffalo and runaway oxen, and the death of Pamelia's mother- in loneliness and bitterness. Once there, settling brings on settling down for Michael- and they move, and move again, although for Pamelia there is the added weariness of two young babies. The gold rush takes the men away again, and through the months alone Pamelia learns that she can brave and best any situation- even the killing of a man.... Not a new, but a warm interpretation of earlier, hardier times and the challenge of unknown lands.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1953
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin-Ballantine