At the turn of the 20th century, life in rural Indiana was significantly different from today. Farm families "made do." In other words, they raised or hunted the meat they ate. They grew or gathered the vegetables for the table. They made most of the things they wore, the bedding they slept on and much of the furniture for the home. There were no shopping malls, supermarkets or items available to purchase at the click of a computer mouse.
Life was survival and it took all members of the family and their skills to keep a household going. Gabe is a member of such a household and has learned the skills for survival that have been passed down from generation to generation from the frontier days. These skills are put into play as the young adventurer faces challenge after challenge on that greatest of adventures called life.
"A remarkable life in a simpler time," writes one reader. "Through the conduit of Gabe's tender narrative flows the harrowing and astonishingly beautiful memoir of an undeniably tenacious soul. P.M. Smith has rendered her characters remarkably authentic and has so adroitly penned the story, the reader is ensured to remain in the author's grasp until the very last word of this heart-stirring tome. Certainly, Gabe's Triumph will endure as a cherished read for many years to come."
Another reader writes: "This is a must read for those who enjoy stories of characters who move outside the cultural norms of their times. It's one of the few books that has ever made me cry."
The cover of Gabe's Triumph features Tunnel Falls in Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana, where P.M. Smith envisions Gabe faced her first challenge.
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