2013 Global Ebook Gold Award for Western Fiction
2013 Global Ebook Gold Award for Historical Literature Fiction, Modern
The Whip is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man.
As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love and had a child. Her husband was lynched and her baby killed. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track down the murder.
Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.
Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.
Probably the most engaging tales ever and to think, It’s true!
This is an amazing book. The characters are well-developed and interesting.
Loved The Whip!
Fantastic - can't believe it is based on a true story. Charlie is a one in a million character. Living close to where the book is set brought a deeper appreciation for the terrain she conquered. A must read!