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Winds West
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Young woman heads West and tears up the pea patch in search of life and love.

Running a household in 1880 at the age of 10 gives Liza a head start on facing the world. Headed West at 15, she sets out to find her place in the world and ends up finding herself.

She supposed there was no use fretting herself about it. Times were difficult and Papa had more than enough to worry about since Mama died. She only hoped Effie and Helen could take care of little Ryan when she moved to the Langdon's. She would certainly have her hands full with the Langdon children and wouldn't be able to do much for Ryan, though she would write to him when she had the time.
She looked around her bedroom, trying to decide what she could take with her and what she would leave. The dresses and the work bonnet would have to go with her, but Effie could have her Sunday bonnet. She would miss it - it was the only really nice thing she owned. Mama had promised to make her a pretty dress to go with it and they had even picked out the pattern and material. Then Mama got sicker and sicker, and Liza had her hands full trying to keep the household together. When Mama finally died that winter, there was only time for a brief pause in everyone's life.

Enough daydreaming, she told herself. It was time to get back to work, and work enough to be done. She had to finish planting the garden before next Sunday, since she was going to Langdon's on Monday. She realized with mild surprise it would be her birthday. She would be thirteen, almost a woman.

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