Angels Along the River: Retracing the Escape Route of Mary Draper Ingles

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AuthorHouse, Aug 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Angels Along the River "is an inspirational story of hope, fear, joy and accomplishment that is atestament to the incredible tenacity and spirit of ordinary people everywhere."

When Eleanor Lahr read "Follow the River," a novel based upon the true experiences of Mary Draper Ingles, it changed her life. Mary was captured in 1755 by Shawnee Indians and carried 500 miles from her home. Eleanor felt inexplicably compelled to retrace Mary's escape route. With little previous experience in the great outdoors, but with plucky courage, she planned and trained extensively. Sometimes alone and sometimes with strangers, she hiked for 43 days along the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers.

Misunderstandings and ingrained prejudice challenged the band of walkers as much as Mother Nature; however, angels in everyday clothes helped them overcome their personal limitations, bloody blisters, broken bones, and life-threatening situations. Eleanor and her companions carried Mary's courageous story from Kentucky to Virginia in their own remarkable feat of determination and achievement.

As an act of self-preservation Eleanor did not understand initially, her physical journey became a transformative personal journey that redefined her as a capable, strong, and independent woman.

""The inspiration is contagious and it affects us all in different ways...Eleanor's book is another carrier of the inspiration."" James Alexander Thom, author of the best-seller "Follow the River"

  

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A powerful and honest book by a former grade school classmate of mine, just discovered,
I was overwhelmed by "Angels Along the River." I did not know that Ellie Brown Lahr was
so talented as a
writer, but she certainly has been a person of great courage and ingenuity
all along. I go past her childhood home on Hillandale Rd. near Pipestone Creek every day, where
my log cabin was built in the 1980s, and always think of the three Ellie's I knew in the
l940s who went to Chadwick School. (One was my sister.) I'm so glad Ellie Lahr sent me
the book for my birthday last week, as I also am a writer, about Michigan log cabins and
flax crafting, and this has been a great inspiration to do more books that are autobiographical.
I hope that Ellie keeps her book in print for the future, it is one of a kind. -Virginia Handy
(see my Facebook page or website: www.qtm.net/logcabincrafts.)
 

Review: Angels Along the River: Retracing the Escape Route of Mary Draper Ingles

User Review  - Cindy Deyo - Goodreads

Being as fascinated as I was with the "Follow the River" description of Mary Ingles Draper's escape on foot those 500 plus miles in 1775 to home I was compelled to read Eleanor M. Lahr's re-creating ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings
1
Detours
6
Sag Wagons
14
Endurance
20
Gossip and Gifts
23
Rich or Poor
27
The Mayor
29
Old Women
35
Americas Finest
115
Equipment and Training
119
Reporters
122
Tensions
126
Breaks
130
Attitudes
136
Disappointments and Hope
140
Searches
143

Fear and Trust
39
Grandparents
43
Touching Back
47
Mothers and Daughters
51
Naughty n Nice
55
An Unremarkable Day
61
Politics and Parties
62
Connections
65
Sunshine and Storm Clouds
69
Love
79
Inner Voices
82
The Pleasant Point
87
Fathers 9O The Unmentionable
93
Impressions
95
Breaking Bread
98
History Lessons
107
Repeating and Resisting
111
The Protector
145
Rainbows and Promises
148
Waterfalls and River Rides
152
Surprising Abilities
154
The Children
158
Culling
161
The Antagonist
165
Cold
171
Friends and Neighbors
174
Endings
178
Homecomings The Afterward
183
Postscript
187
The Begats
191
A Partial List of Angels
195
Eating Along the River
204
Acknowledgements
209
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About the author (2011)

Eleanor Mary Lahr has enjoyed the outdoors since she was a child. Her first serious hike was when she retraced the route of Mary Ingles' escape. Now retired, she divides her time between tending gardens around her home in southern Indiana, staying in touch with friends, and exploring new places.

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