This is the story of the fictional Kitty Gentry and her family as they leave their home in North Carolina to start a new life in the Kentucky wilderness, from the Cumberland gap to the new settlement of Fort Boonesborough. And yes, we see plenty of Dan’l Boone and others too.
While the Gentry family builds their new home and plants the land, the ever present danger from the Indians constanly threatens the safety of the settlers, and the revolutionary war rages on in the east. Tragedy strikes for Kitty and she is forced to leave her home and move into the fort as they defend themselves against attacks from the Indians, and she eventually finds not one but two great loves of her life.
The author does a nice job of setting the “stage”, from the lush lands of Kentucky, the food, the smells, and the battles. She doesn’t pull any punches, she gives you a good view of how hard life was settling into a wilderness –yes people stank, used chamberpots, their teeth rotted, women died in childbirth, etc. It wasn’t an easy life. All in all a very enjoyable read, a very solidly written piece of historical fiction, but I find it just not quite up to a five star rating, as there were times when the story slowed down a bit and lost some of it’s page turning excitement. There is a sequel called Kentucky Home that continues the story of Kitty and Roman as Kentucky becomes a state in the union, which is also out of print. 4/5 stars.