About Her Quite Revolution
A novel based on the life of Martha Hughes Cannon, a pioneer woman who overcame tremendous odds.
When her baby sister and her father die on the pioneer trail to Salt Lake City, Mattie is determined to become a healer. But her chosen road isn’t an easy one as she faces roadblocks common to Victorian women. Fighting gender bias, geographic location, and mountains of self-doubt, Mattie pushed herself to become more than the world would have her be, only to have everything she’s accomplished called into question when she meets the love of her life: Angus Cannon, a prominent Mormon leader and polygamist.
From the American Frontier to European coasts, Martha’s path takes her on a life journey that is almost stranger than fiction as she learns to navigate a world run by men. But heartache isn’t far behind, and she learns that knowing who you are and being willing to stand up for what you believe in is what truly defines a person.
Her Quiet Revolution is the story of one woman’s determination to change her world, and the path she forged for others to follow.
I love reading historical novels about people. It gives the reader more of a complete picture of life for that person and life at that time in general. This book did that for me, and more!
I had heard of Martha Hughes Cannon. But, I knew very little about her. But I’d never really wondered how she was as a person. Or what kinds of things she would have gone through in her life. I loved learning all of those things as I read this one.
This book really helped me form a more complete picture of life would have been like for women in the late 1800’s. There were so many little things that I picked up from this novel that I wouldn’t have been able to in other ways.
And there were a bunch of things that I learned about polygamy from Martha’s experiences as well. One thing that really fascinated me was the way she had to leave the country for a time to escape being arrested for being the wife of a polygamist. This book really opened my eyes to some of those things.
I loved reading this book! If you have a chance to read it, I’d love to hear what you thought as well. You could just leave me a comment if you want to.
I was sent an e-copy of Her Quiet Revolution as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the author
MARIANNE MONSON received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and primarily writes on topics related to women’s history. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the community college and university levels and is the author of eleven books for children and adults. She is the founder of The Writer’s Guild, a literary nonprofit, and writes from a 100-year-old house in Astoria, Oregon.