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Strength of Stone: The Pioneer Journal of Electa Bryan Plumer, 1862-1864    by Diane Elliott order for
Strength of Stone
by Diane Elliott
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Falcon, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Leslie Owen

Strength of Stone is told through Electa Bryan Plumer's journal entries and personal letters - they chronicle a brilliant love story in the Old West.

Electa's adventure begins during the troubled years of the Civil War, when her parents' home in the peaceful Rocky Mountains soon fills with fugitives, treasure seekers, and good-hearted missionaries. Electa decides to leave her home and job as a school teacher in the Rocky Mountains to seek a new life in Bannack, Montana. At the Sun River Government Farm, she assists with her sister's family, while helping civilize the Native American children from the tribe of Blackfeet. Soon, Electa meets a charming, handsome young man by the name of Henry Handy Plumber, whose true character is revealed only after their marriage. The romantic adventure shared by Electa and Henry leads to the unveiling of secrets of his past that were purposely kept from her by Henry himself.

This dramatic story of love, loss, adventure, and life in the Old West is based on real life Montana heroes. Strength of Stone is a must read for any Western enthusiast.

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