Today I am joining the blog tour for A Sparrow Alone by Mim Eichmann. Many thanks to Mim for providing me with a copy of the book, and to The Write Reads for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
1890’s Colorado. Desperate following her mother’s sudden death, thirteen-year-old Hannah Owens apprentices as domestic help with a wealthy doctor’s family in Colorado Springs. When the doctor declares bankruptcy and abandons his family to finance his mistress Pearl DeVere’s brothel, however, Hannah is thrown into a vortex of gold mining bonanzas and busts, rampant prostitution, and the economic, political and cultural upheavals of the era. Two of Cripple Creek’s most colorful historic characters, Winfield Scott Stratton, eccentric owner of the richest gold mine in Cripple Creek, and Pearl DeVere, the beautiful madam of The Old Homestead, come to life as this old-fashioned, coming-of-age saga unfolds, the first of two historical fiction novels by debut author Mim Eichmann — a tribute to the women who set the stage for women’s rights.
Okay, confession time. When I signed up for this blog tour, I somehow read the blurb for an entirely different book. If I had read the correct blurb, I probably wouldn’t have signed up, as this is not an area of history I am drawn to particularly. I think the old movies my dad is always watching have put me off. However I am so glad that I made this mistake, because I thoroughly enjoyed A Sparrow Alone.
Set in the gold rush camp of Cripple Creek, Colorado, Mim Eichmann seamlessly blends fact and fiction, weaving real events and people, such as the devastating fire that ripped through the camp and the colourful characters of Pearl de Vere and Win Stratton into the fictional story of Hannah Owens.
The characters are charming and the author details the landscape and community so beautifully that you can imagine yourself there. Hannah is a remarkable woman, coming from nothing and fighting for everything she deserves, against so much adversity both personally and in the societal norms of the period.
A Sparrow Alone has really sparked an interest in this particular period of history, and has made me wonder what other books I have bypassed, judging them on my preconceived ideas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A graduate from the Jordan College of Music at Butler University, in Indianapolis, IN, Chicago-based author Mim Eichmann has found that her creative journey has taken her down many exciting, interwoven pathways as an award-winning published lyricist and songwriter, professional folk musician, ballet choreographer and now, historical fiction author. Her debut historical fiction novel, “A Sparrow Alone”, published by Living Springs Publishers on April 15, 2020, has met with extremely enthusiastic reviews and “Muskrat Ramble” which will be published on March 23, 2021, is its much-anticipated sequel.