This book was stunning! I read it in a day, less than a day, I mean hours. I couldn’t put it down! It is a historical fiction that brings a lovely story of a 71-year-old man and a 10-year-old forming a bond as they travel across Texas to return her to her family. This book is being made into a movie, and I cannot wait to watch it now!
If you are interested in any of the following, I think this is a book for you!
✔️ 1800’s historical fiction
✔️ Texan history
✔️ Western lawlessness
✔️ On-the-road adventures
✔️ Unlikely friendships
This book has a main character (Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd) that is older, and enjoys his wandering lifestyle, going across Texas reading the news for dimes. This was something I had never heard of before, but it completely makes sense. Not everyone can read, and smaller towns wouldn’t get the larger newspapers. People also enjoyed gathering together to discuss as they heard the news. I loved how much this played into the story, and I was so intrigued by it!
The characters were wonderful. The little girl was abducted by Indians when she was 6, and she was recovered at 10. The story is not about her abduction, and there is not a lot of information about that time for her. This really focuses on her relationship with Kidd, and their travels to return her to her remaining family. She doesn’t speak English at all and doesn’t remember her life before the Indians, so she is terrified and confused. I loved watching him work to communicate with her, and celebrated the wins with him when she was able to understand and learn something.
Their characters are funny at times and heartbreaking at other times. I loved the two of them together, how they learned from each other. I also enjoyed the side characters that they come across. Some are helpful, while others are dangerous. It created a wonderful adventure! I absolutely loved that there was a map in the front of this book. I have never referenced a map as often as I did for this book! I liked looking at how far they had traveled as they would reach a new destination. It was a great addition.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful book with characters that will stick with you after you have finished!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend