Walls for the Wind

  • Title: Walls for the Wind
  • Author: Alethea Williams
  • ISBN: 9781611608625
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Walls for the Wind Can an angel survive Hell on Wheels Kit Calhoun leaves New York City with a train car full of foundlings from the Immigrant Children s Home Her assignment is to sever ties so she has no idea of the t
    Can an angel survive Hell on Wheels Kit Calhoun leaves New York City with a train car full of foundlings from the Immigrant Children s Home Her assignment is to sever ties, so she has no idea of the tangled threads of connection that await her in Dakota Territory First is what to do with the leftover children who simply refuse placement Second is handsome Patrick KelleCan an angel survive Hell on Wheels Kit Calhoun leaves New York City with a train car full of foundlings from the Immigrant Children s Home Her assignment is to sever ties, so she has no idea of the tangled threads of connection that await her in Dakota Territory First is what to do with the leftover children who simply refuse placement Second is handsome Patrick Kelley, continually managing to distract Kit from her task Third is the demented gambler who fastens deadly attention on Kit and keeps turning up everywhere from Julesburg to Cheyenne Forced to leave behind everything familiar, is it possible for a company of New York City castoffs to learn to fight for their hopes in the raw new American West

    • Walls for the Wind BY Alethea Williams
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      Published :2019-03-10T05:17:43+00:00

    About Alethea Williams


    1. Alethea Williams grew up in southwest Wyoming Willow Vale is her first novel of the immigrant experience, dealing with the Tyroleans after WWI Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award Her second novel details the Irish immigrant experience and the Orphan Train movement in Walls for the Wind Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category Her third book, a Western American pre history spanning the North American continent, entitled N piikoan Winter is now available She also has a collection of newspaper columns in print Boomer Blues Book Staying Alive and Sane in the Modern American West Twice president of Wyoming Writers, Inc she lives in her native state with long time friend, parrot Bob.


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    1. When I read the description of WALLS FOR THE WIND and discovered the book took place in the time after the Civil War, plus it started in New York City, continued to Wyoming, and included Orphan Trains, I knew I had to read it. Alethea Williams did a great job of describing the harsh conditions that immigrants and the orphans of immigrants endured in the slums of New York City during this era. No wonder so many of them decided to head west! I also came to understand why Orphan Trains were seen as [...]

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    2. A poignant tale set in the post-Civil War era of the United States in the rough-and-tumble boom towns that follow the transcontinental railway as it was being built. The author focuses heavily on the often-forgotten plight of orphaned and immigrant children from the crowded cities of the East where they disembarked from the “coffin ships.” Many were packed on “orphan trains” heading west. The book leads off in New York City and eventually heads to Dakota Territory as readers learn about [...]

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    3. This is a wonderfully written story with endearing characters and lots of heart. I enjoyed that Williams captures the harshness of the time while still preserving the underlying story that each individual has to offer. It was nice that this book gives context to the historical events that we learn in history books - these were real people just trying to survive. Certainly an author to follow and a good read.

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    4. Walls for the wind is a lovely, poignant story. Kit is an orphan raised in a children’s Asylum, that after reaching 18 went to school and felt called to came back to work with the reverend who is like a father to her. As his assistant and working for food and board she soon finds that she wants more of her life, a husband and children of her own. Circumstances land her on an orphan train west to place a load of older children in homes to work and learn to farm in exchange for food, clothing an [...]

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    5. When Katherine Calhoun is given the job of placing orphans from the institution where she, herself, was raised, into God-fearing homes out west, she is somewhat hesitant at leaving New York and her beloved mentor, Reverend Howe. But Katherine, or Kit as she is called, has had duty drummed into her, along with a strong sense of morality and a hatred of lasciviousness and strong liquor. Heading west with a bunch of children may not be right up her proverbial alley, but she accepts the job despite [...]

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    6. If you’ve seen Hell on Wheels, you’ll recognize many of the places mentioned in this story. Although it’s not as gritty and bloodthirsty as that series, Walls of the Wind still evokes the lawlessness and temporary nature of the lives of the people attached to building the railroad as well as the hardships under which they lived. Kit’s straitlaced nature is balanced by Patrick’s easy-going attitude. He sees nothing wrong with running a saloon, as long as the men patronizing it obey the [...]

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    7. Walls for the Wind is a vivid account of the orphan trains and a harsh time in our past. It takes the reader from the stench of the New York tenements to the mud and slush in the West of Cheyenne Wyoming. You dive into this book with Kit, our main character and the four children she takes out west to find homes for these orphans. Althea Williams vividly details an account of an unhappy time when the children of immigrants in this book are the subjects of abuse and neglect. It's a rich story of a [...]

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    8. Received Walls For The Wind by Alethea Williams free for a honest review . (Good reads win)Not sure what the title means but the book was easy to read and the characters were developed nicely so that the book flowed. The ending held no surprises but did have finality to it which lately seems to be lacking in so many books. I enjoyed the little snippets of historical facts concerning the time period where rail roads and settlers were heading West to start new lives and the fact that Williams was [...]

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    9. For my full review, you can visit my blog at KathleenDenly. The Bullet Points:* Skip the prologue and start with Chapter 1* Not all the characters fully met my expectations but they still engaged my emotions, which is what I really want from them anyway.* The ending isn’t perfect, but it still satisfies and I’m glad to have read it.* The book stands out in its willingness to vividly tackle sensitive and controversial subjects.* The historical aspects are presented with authority and feel org [...]

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    10. Alethea Williams’ orphan train novel steers a course between history and romance, while telling a story that explores the subject of gender in the frontier West.Her central character, Kit Calhoun, is true to stereotype in ways driven in part by the genre and more interestingly by the social expectations of the time. She lacks agency, by being not just female but reared without family in a children’s asylum in New York. There she is the assistant to the asylum’s director, rescuing homeless [...]

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    11. I got Walls for the Wind by A;lethea Williams as a Giveaway. It was a terrific story about the immigrant orphans in New York City just after the Civil War and how the problem was treated by various civic groups. In this story a former orphan grows up to help a religious group that is trying to help them and then follows her story as she ends up taking orphans west to be "placed". She eventually ends up adopting 4 of the orphans and follows her as she goes west to rails end with them. Lots of de [...]

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    12. A copy received from Reading Addiction Virtual Tour for an honest reviewfour starsThis was my first time reading Alethea Williams and what a treat! I loved this story! This book was all heart and soul! The author captured both my imagination and my heart with her main character Kit Calhoun. Kit was a fantastic character. She grew up in a children's asylum and has many demons to battle. I loved reading about this character and this time period. This is a fantastic book! I highly recommend it and [...]

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    13. This is a beautiful novel that delves into the past. meet hit Calhoun who is no stranger to hard work and the struggles of life. As she brings children west for a new life Kit fins you can't always leave a hard life behind, but she also finds a few magical moments and special people as she tries to start over not just for herself but for the children. Althea Williams tells a wonderfully poignant story. this is the second book I have read by this author and I admit I am a fan!

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