This meticulously researched and immensely entertaining book about the stylish and strong rancher's daughter is an insightful and fascinating read.
The Queen of Heartbreak Trail is western history at its best. This absorbing frontier story is as unique as it is compellingly readable. Painstakingly researched and told with unflinching honesty, the account of Harriet Smith Pullen’s life, complete with its many tragedies and triumphs, makes an enlightening and enjoyable read.
The Queen of Heartbreak Trail is the first thorough biography of the legendary Alaska entrepreneur Harriet Smith Pullen. It is also the riveting account of a family that over two generations repeatedly relocated to the farthest edge of the American frontier, a place where struggles routinely outnumbered successes. Situating Pullen and her relatives, friends, and enemies within successive eras of western American history, Eleanor Brackbill skillfully disentangles fact from the many fictions that Pullen and other told about her life. The Queen of Heartbreak Trail is at once a moving pioneer chronicle and a multilayered historical narrative.
Separating fact from fiction was a major challenge for Eleanor Brackbill in compiling this significant biography of Harriet Pullen, one of Alaska's justly celebrated legends. Brackbill has done yeoman service separating the factual wheat from the invented chaff, creating a highly readable account which both casual readers and scholars will much appreciate.