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Courageous Women * Supportive Men * Helpful Angels Angels Along the River is an inspirational story of hope, fear, joy and accomplishment that is a testament 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 Courageous Women * Supportive Men * Helpful Angels Angels Along the River is an inspirational story of hope, fear, joy and accomplishment that is a testament 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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Courageous Women * Supportive Men * Helpful Angels Angels Along the River is an inspirational story of hope, fear, joy and accomplishment that is a testament 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 Courageous Women * Supportive Men * Helpful Angels Angels Along the River is an inspirational story of hope, fear, joy and accomplishment that is a testament 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

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Like me, the author was captivated by James Alexander Thom's historical novel Follow the River. Here she recounts her attempt to retrace the route of escape taken by Mary Ingles back in the 18th century. Less harrowing, of course, and much less lonely because various people joined her for various legs of the journey, but modern roads, towns, bridges and other structures complicate her trip, as do some psychological barriers. Some of her companions added to her difficulties, although that may hav Like me, the author was captivated by James Alexander Thom's historical novel Follow the River. Here she recounts her attempt to retrace the route of escape taken by Mary Ingles back in the 18th century. Less harrowing, of course, and much less lonely because various people joined her for various legs of the journey, but modern roads, towns, bridges and other structures complicate her trip, as do some psychological barriers. Some of her companions added to her difficulties, although that may have had more to do with her than with them. Today, with cellphones and Facebook, many of her difficulties probably wouldn't exist.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    In 1987, Eleanor Lahr, a 51 one year old volunteer firefighter from Bloomington, Indiana, decided to walk the route Mary Draper Ingles had made in 1755 when she escaped from the Shawnees in Kentucky. Mary and an older German woman, Ghetel, walked from Big Bone Lick just south of Cincinnati, to Eggleston , VA, in 43 days. In 1983 James A. Thom, a wonderful Indiana writer, wrote FOLLOW THE RIVER, a powerful novel about this journey. Lahr had read it and it was the inspiration for her dream. With T In 1987, Eleanor Lahr, a 51 one year old volunteer firefighter from Bloomington, Indiana, decided to walk the route Mary Draper Ingles had made in 1755 when she escaped from the Shawnees in Kentucky. Mary and an older German woman, Ghetel, walked from Big Bone Lick just south of Cincinnati, to Eggleston , VA, in 43 days. In 1983 James A. Thom, a wonderful Indiana writer, wrote FOLLOW THE RIVER, a powerful novel about this journey. Lahr had read it and it was the inspiration for her dream. With Thom's support and help, she began this walk that would test everything she knew about herself and teach her about how generous people really are. Written years after her journey, the book is gripping and beautifully written. Each day's essay not only is a remembrance of events and people met along the way, but is a reflection upon the lessons learned. A strong group of women and a few men walked with her during those days, perhaps for an afternoon or a week. One young woman walked the entire trip. Descendants of Mary and Will Ingles bade her good-by as she left Big Bone Lick and greeted her when the group arrived in Eggelston, VA, at the meadow along the New River where Mary was found, naked and starving 232 years before. I purchased this book at a Rest Plaza along the Interstate in West Virginia, not far from the route walked by these strong women. I couldn't put it down once I began reading. I read Thom's book the same autumn Lahr was walking the route. I've never forgotten the book nor the story of Mary. Driving above the Kanahwa and New River Gorge two years ago, I sensed Mary Ingles presence and was astounded that she could have survived such wild and dangerous beauty. Eleanor Lahr took her wonder a huge step farther; she walked it too

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Eleanor (an author local to my area) has done a commendable job chronicling her 43 day trip that retraces the perilous journey of Mary Draper Ingles, who in 1755 escaped from her captors (natives of the area) and walked back along hundreds of miles of the river to her husband and community. Eleanor gives great reverence to Mary, but also to the many people who hiked with her and helped her along the way. The story is creatively told and contains appropriate excerpts from James Alexander Thom's f Eleanor (an author local to my area) has done a commendable job chronicling her 43 day trip that retraces the perilous journey of Mary Draper Ingles, who in 1755 escaped from her captors (natives of the area) and walked back along hundreds of miles of the river to her husband and community. Eleanor gives great reverence to Mary, but also to the many people who hiked with her and helped her along the way. The story is creatively told and contains appropriate excerpts from James Alexander Thom's fictionalize novel of the journey Follow the River. I really enjoyed it. Those who have read and enjoyed the "Wildly" popular Wild by Cheryl Strayed, should also check out this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Deyo

    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 the route herself to find out what she herself, was made of. Unlike Mary, Eleanor had help all along the way in one form or another, but the effort honored "the Walk" as she called it - a worthy read. 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 the route herself to find out what she herself, was made of. Unlike Mary, Eleanor had help all along the way in one form or another, but the effort honored "the Walk" as she called it - a worthy read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Not worth the small amount of time I invested. I found the book snobbish and offensive. As a divorced mom, Mrs. Lahr, I have to tell you I am anything but "stereotypical" as you described us to be "irresponsible, selfish and careless". The next time you take a walk - try going in someone else's shoes before you look down your nose on your self-aggrandized journey of growth. Not worth the small amount of time I invested. I found the book snobbish and offensive. As a divorced mom, Mrs. Lahr, I have to tell you I am anything but "stereotypical" as you described us to be "irresponsible, selfish and careless". The next time you take a walk - try going in someone else's shoes before you look down your nose on your self-aggrandized journey of growth.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Baughman

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The courage and strength it took to make this journey is inspiring. My book club also got the chance to meet Eleanor and she was just as fascinating to talk to as well.

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    Greer Chesher

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