Against All Odds: The Lucy Scott Mitchum Story

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Excited about their upcoming trip to California, Lucy Scott Mitchum and her husband Noah never expected the many difficulties and great dangers they had to endure on their way to begin their new life in the West. Reprint.

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Riefe's first novel outside of her Iroquois series (Mohawk Woman, etc.) displays her usual attention to historical detail, but little else of merit. When Lucy Scott Mitchum's idealistic husband, Noah, gets bitten by the 1849 gold bug, she dutifully packs her worldly possessions in a prairie schooner and accompanies him from Baltimore to Sacramento with their four-year-old daughter in tow. The family's six-month trek across the Great Plains and over the Sierra Nevada mountains should have resulted in high historical drama, but Riefe's uninspired narrative robs even stampeding buffaloes and hostile Indians of their impact. Some of the flattening comes from the way characters remain passing acquaintances. When one fellow traveler of the Mitchums commits suicide by jumping in a river, for instance, it barely causes a ripple in the reader's consciousness. After building up anticipation of an impending massacre by Cheyenne of traders in Fort Laramie, Riefe describes the event as viewed from a distance, with little color or excitement. While trouble crops up continually for Lucy and her kin, they sail through nearly unscathed. The family will at last reach Sacramento, but a number of readers will have jumped schooner long before.
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For Noah Mitchum, California is a 10-letter word that spells gold. His wife, Lucy, loyal if not enthusiastic, agrees to the plan: sell everything, pack up their baby daughter, and join a wagon train for the trek west. The Mitchums face the full complement of dangers--weather, Indians, sickness--but they persevere. What keeps them together isn't blazing rifles or cavalry rescues; rather, it's the sense of a common family that grows up between all the families in the wagon train. And it's the women--the wives and mothers--who hold the families and the wagon train together. This fascinating, entertaining tale of endurance is related through the eyes of Lucy Mitchum, who leaves the comfort of home to support her husband's dream only to find it become her dream, too. Riefe, who understands the incredible courage it must have taken to survive and prosper during the move westward, has created another memorable heroine in Lucy Mitchum. A fine western. Wes Lukowsky

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