I enjoy reading about history, and was excited to get this from the library on loan. Sadly, I was disappointed to discover a fairly significant error on pg 189. The author states that "By 1848, war and treaties forced Mexico to hand over Texas, California, and New Mexico Territory to the United States." Mexico never handed Texas over to anyone. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836 and was a republic for 9 years before being annexed by the United States in 1845. Regarding Texas, the 1848 treaty referred to in the book (called by name the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo) merely settled that the border between Mexico and Texas was the Rio Grande River but transferred no land.I appreciated reading this book, but I have to say that finding this fairly obvious historical error (which in studying Texas history or the history of Mexico would be a major error) made me wonder what other historical errors were in the book. Because of this, I would not recommend this book at all. I would recommend instead "Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier" by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith.