My thoughts

Elizabeth Wehman is crafted a story that is both engaging in page turning. It is the story of the first settlers in a small inconsequential area of Michigan. It’s a story of their struggle in the snowy wilderness amongst towering pine trees, wild animals, and curio native Americans.

This story hit a little different for me. The Baker’s story takes place in an area of Michigan that I call home. Reading this would be story of our area’s first settlers as they struggle to establish the Newburg settlement was enjoyable and a treat. Elizabeth’s imagination mixed with her facts and reseach brought to life these historical figures of our small community.

Crooked Paths Straight is the second book in the Newburg Chronicles and it will takes readers on a journey to a time before civilization was established in this area of Michigan.

** I purchased the book before the blog tour was set up.


About the Book

Book: Crooked Paths Straight

Author: Elizabeth Wehman

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: June 2021

Crooked Paths Straight - Front Cover Copy

This is a continuing story of the Baker family who settles in the Michigan Territory in 1833. Establishing the new settlement requires stamina, endurance, compromises with the natives, and most of all a strong trust in God and His provisions. Each character in Crooked Paths Straight is confident that their individual paths will lead to happiness and security, yet when trials arise…they soon realize that God’s path is best. This is the second book in the Newburg Chronicle series.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Argus Press Photo - Paths

This is Elizabeth’s sixth novel and her second complete historical which pulls out her love of research. Her books concentrate on Michigan history, especially in her county along the banks of the Shiawassee River. Elizabeth has lived in Michigan her whole life where she has raised three children and will soon welcome the birth of her first granddaughter. She loves capturing not only the early history of the state but the amazing aspects of living in the Great Lakes state.

More from Elizabeth

After working as a newspaper reporter, I soon realized that the best part of writing articles was the research. When I began writing historical fiction, I realized it pulled in that element to the extreme. I then fell in love with history but especially the elements of searching through a cemetery for a specific character, finding significant paragraphs in a newspaper article about a particular family, and then sitting down to fictionalize the details I found. It was fun to mix history with fiction.

The Baker family, in the The Newburg Chronicles series, came to life in an era that doesn’t always get much attention in the historical fiction scene…the 1830s. This was the beginning of many small settlements in Michigan due to the opening of the Erie Canal. Settlers would travel the canal into Detroit by steamboat and then purchase oxen in the city to move inland. Often they’d only have a map with their property outlined and would then have to blaze a trail west and north to find that property to build a home and farm the land…often sight unseen.

The trips inland were grueling and filled with many unknowns including Indians, rough river crossings, swarms of mosquitoes, and howling wolves. What they’d discover was a vast wilderness with trees to gird, cut, and use to build their homes. They’d then need oxen to help prepare the soil to plant crops. Daily chores were exhausting for not only the men but also the women and children.

How did they survive? How did families work together to establish a farm? Did they get help or were they all alone? If you enjoy learning about the early settlers of a new territory, The Newburg Chronicle series is for you!

Blog Stops

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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 15

Lots of Helpers, February 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 17

CarpeDiem, February 18

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Crooked Paths Straight and also a $50 gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

6 Comments

  1. bn100

    sounds interesting

  2. Sarah L

    Good book for winter reading. I enjoy historical books.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this story and the author’s bio and book details, this sounds like a good read

  4. Roxanne C.

    It sounds like a very good and inspirational pioneer story, and I appreciate the author’s inclusion of true historical facts.

  5. Eva Millien

    Crooked Paths Straight sounds like a very interesting and inspirational story for me to read! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Back Porch Reads, for sharing your thoughts! Have a fantastic day!

  6. carylkane

    Melissa, Thank you for sharing.

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