Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the book Ride for Rights by Tara Chevrestt.
In the summer of 1916 women do not have the right to vote, let alone be motorcycle dispatch riders. Two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide Hanson are determined to prove to the world that not only are women capable of riding motorbikes, but they can ride motorbikes across the United States. Alone.
From a dance hall in Chicago to a jail cell in Dodge City, love and trouble both follow Angeline and Adelaide on the dirt roads across the United States. The sisters shout their triumph from Pike’s Peak only to end up lost in the Salt Lake desert.
Will they make it to their goal of Los Angeles or will too many mishaps prevent them from reaching their destination and thus, hinder their desire to prove that women can do it?
About The Author
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.
Tara also writes as Sonia Hightower. Sonia writes the racy stuff and argues that she was here first. She just wasn’t allowed to be unleashed until the last year.
They both agree, however, that strong is sexy, and they don’t write the average, simpering damsel. They write about women who see what they want and obtain it.
While Tara and Sonia continue to fight over the laptop and debate who writes the next book, you can find buy links, blurbs, and other fun bits on their website: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index… or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-C….
(Quick Note):Ride For Rights is a fictional account based loosely on the actual historical events revolving around the little known story of Adeline and Augusta Van Buren aka “Addie” and “Gussie” they were the descendants of the eighth president. On July 4, 1016 the women set out from Brooklyn, New York and began their ride across the country on Indian Model F Power Plus bikes.
Ride For Rights tells the story of Angeline and Adelaide Hanson, who in the summer of 1916 decided to ride across the United States alone on motor bikes to prove that women are very capable, and able to help in the war as motorcycle dispatch riders. During the period during which the two Hanson sisters lived, women did not have the right to vote and was still assigned to the home, not having equal rights with men. The two young girls, Angeline,18 years old and her sister Adelaide, 16years old, were raised by very progressive thinking parents that allowed their daughters more liberties than were normally seen during that time.
The two young women were heavily involved in the Suffragist movement that was birth during that time, and when one of the sisters attended a meeting where a motion was placed in front of a committee to consider women to be motorcycle dispatchers, who were part of the Army Corps, that would deliver valuable and some times secret documents. The recommendation was submitted with the thought this would free up males for warfare. The idea was immediately rejected. Which spurred the sisters in the notion to prove that women could cross the country alone on motorcycles and thus were highly capable of being dispatchers.
So the girls set everything into motion also procuring the needed motorcycles, and began their journey; which resulted in numerous adventures, and helping the young women to make history.
I am an avid history buff, so my interest was piqued with the idea of an unknown story, concerning two women I had not heard of at present. So when I began the story I immediately was drawn into the adventure. But what kept my attention was due to Ms. Chevrestt’s storytelling, her writing is very clear, and entertaining. The author laces humor throughout the story which at times had me laughing out loud. I enjoyed seeing the development of the two young Society girls somewhat “naive” in certain ways to daily life -, who at the end of their journey had grown into resourceful young women.
Ride For Rights spurred a feeling of pride in me of the women who came before and the sacrifices they made to win equality for women. Ms. Chevrestt sprinkles historical figures and events throughout the story to display these pioneering women, but it was in a very subtle way; there was no “textbook” feel, but although very educational, it was simply a plain good story!
I believe my favorite part was when the girls were arrested in Dodge City by a Sheriff that questioned the young ladies morals, and ethics; I was appalled when the girls were jailed and their basic rights were taken away, but this was also such a funny scene that it softened the incident, which would still make it enjoyable for younger readers…
The writing flowed smoothly, and the action was maintained steadily throughout, not allowing for any disinterest in the reader. there was a little romance in the story but was done in such a way as not to distract from the main point of the book.
I recommend this book for everyone that has an interest in history, Educators and Teen/Adults