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Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden


Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamund Underwood were two high-society girls from Auburn, New York who didn't want to settle into the boring routine of social calls and committees that was expected of young ladies at that time. Instead, the pair of friends set off to Elkhead, Colorado to spend a year teaching in a remote schoolhouse in the mountains. Although their time spent in Elkhead was a far cry from the pampered and luxurious life they were used to living, both women adapted to life in the West and considered it the best year of their lives.

The families of Rosamund and Dorothy saved the letters and photographs both women sent home, which Woodruff's granddaughter (and namesake) used to write Nothing Daunted. This book takes a look at a fascinating time in history when the western most states had yet to be as built up and settled as the more "modern" east coast states. Part adventure story (a good friend of the ladies is kidnapped and held for ransom), part history, and part family memoir, Nothing Daunted is a fascinating look at the lives of two young women at the beginning of the modern age.

Jen P @ Central


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