Frontier life in Kentucky during the Revolutionary War brought Boone and his family into conflict with both the Shawnee and the British. On July 14, 1776, Jemima and two of her friends were captured by a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding party; against all odds, Daniel Boone and his posse brought them back. Hardship, survival and adventure seemed to be the theme of their lives. Daniel was an expert woodsman with a larger-than-life presence. His daughter, Jemima, shared his courage, loyalty, and indomitable spirit. I've always admired them both. It's why I checked this book out.
And I enjoyed reading Matthew Pearl's The Taking of Jemima Boone. He details their life in Boonesboro, Jemima's kidnapping and all its ramifications, the other Colonial settlers in Boonesboro, and their interactions with the Native American tribes living in Kentucky at that time. Some of the intricate political interactions and intrigues got a little too detailed for my liking, but I appreciate Matthew Pearl's in-depth research and how he tried to present a fair and accurate picture of both Daniel Boone and his daughter. This book is a very interesting read, and I quite liked it.