A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains: A Book Review

Title: A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains

Author:  Isabella L. Bird

Number of Pages: 249

What is this book about?

The year is 1873 and Isabella Bird has arrived in America from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) on her way back to her home in England.

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains recounts Bird’s travels alone, spanning over eight hundred miles on horseback. The story begins in the autumn near Lake Tahoe and ends in the early winter near Greeley, Colorado. Compiled from letters written to her sister in England, Bird’s astute observations paint an unbiased picture of everyday life in the west. For me, the best part of Bird’s story comes when she spends time in the Estes Park area of Colorado – the town where I grew up.

Why should you read this book?

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains portrays an amazing woman who traveled the world over, founded several hospitals and became the first women ever elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

How did a woman travel the west alone in the 1870’s? Read A Lady’s Life in theRocky Mountains and find out!

Question: Have you read this book? If you have, what are your thoughts?

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