Once again Lisal, you've brought an interesting and relatable woman into the Cartwright world. A woman who evokes sympathy but still has her pride and dignity. I love the historical feel of this piece. Not just the Donner references but how Levinah's experience mirrors the hardships of the women of her time. It seems to me you're saying something true about those women.
This is Ben and Levinah's story but I like the way you used Adam to bring readers a different perspective. I wonder if Adam will view his father through different eyes after this.
Thanks so much, chezza. I'm so pleased you found the women sympathetic and true. I actually felt quite badly for them while writing. I would love to rewrite their history but alas - no go. As for Adam - I'm sure it may have made him realize not all love ends in marriage or not all love is reciporcated. Maybe at 16, it's something for him to ponder...? Interesting observation, as usual.