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by Sharon Bennett on
Where Eagles Nest

I just finished your book Where Eagles Nest. What a marvelous book to read. I couldn't put it down. Now I am hoping there is a sequel. It was given to me by a minister that knew I was interested in history being new to the Troutdale area. I will be looking for more of your other books.

by Dick E. on
Most Enjoyable and Informative Books

Lois and I are in AZ and I just finished " Where Eagles Nest". It is one of the most enjoyable and informative books I've read in a long

time. It gave me a very good insight to my German ancestors' migration from the Ukraine to ND. I'm quite sure their experiences were the same---TOUGH-TOUGH-TOUGH.

You are a very good writer and I thank you for all the research you did to make it so interesting.

by Alice Lynn on
Beautifully Told

Where Eagles Nest is bound to be a favorite for readers interested in history and a good story. While meticulously researched and relying on family records, the story of Juliana and Alex becomes a personal story that resonates in one's heart and mind. Highly recommended.

by Nita on
Wonderful story

An excellent story about the hardships the Columbia Gorge pioneers suffered. I'll never drive by Lampert road and feel the same again - thanks so much Helen for this. Can't wait to read the sequels.

by Jim and Laurie Mann on
Where Eagles Nest

It is amazing - that both my husband and I loved the book! It was like being transported back in time where the people came alive within the pages. The hardships and victories were vividly portrayed and I felt like I witnessed it all. Can't wait for the next book!

by Don & Deb Mathews on
Professor Emeritus, Youngstown State University, Ohio

Both Deb and I Finished “Where Eagles Nest”......We both thought you are a wonderful story teller! I enjoyed the story so much that I had to go back and reread some of the paragraphs again because of the richness of the words and your vivid descriptions. You told me that this was fiction, but based on the lives of Alex and Juliana, your family over 100 years ago as they settle it was as the second wave pioneers in the Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.

I am glad you made the story fiction because I think that allowed more creativity and honesty for developing the story as it should be told. I think if one records the history as found in a journal or diary, it can be uninteresting. We actually felt like we were there, living their lives and walking in their footsteps. When so many dynamics are going at that period, the fiction writer can bring in those experiences and make it a part of the life. You crafted a very good and enjoyable story and we are looking forward to more of your writings.

by Faith Hoffman on
Where Eagles Nest

Thanks for being at Crown Point Vista House! I have long enjoyed stories of the Oregon Trail era, but had never really thought about “The Second Wave of Pioneers” even though some of my ancestors were in that “wave.” Thank you for opening my interest and broadening my horizon. As others have stated, I look forward to your next book about Julianna.

by Gary Moore on
Really enjoyed it...

I just finished your book and I must apologize for being so very slow,but I read it like we eat a box of chocolates! I prodded and poked and re read each chapter. I used it as a reward to myself at the end of each day. I really enjoyed it and tried to imagine where all of these places were.

by Tom Erskine on
Hoping there is a sequel...

I have just finished your book, WHERE
EAGLES NEST. You and I met at Vista House. That was a few weekends ago.
I bought three books.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I found it a good read from beginning to end. It was well paced with, drama, interesting events, and
I thought a somewhat surprising ending. I found I was reading to find
out what would transpire to our heros, Julianna and Katherine, Alex and

It was a well told story on a journey, hardship, drama, everyday life,
as they moved from one world to another.

Again, well done and congratulations. I hope your book finds people hungry for a true story written with love, care, and interest in the subject.

I am hoping there will be some kind sequel about Julianna's life after

by Tom Cowling on
A Great Accomplishment...

After three sittings I finished "Where Eagles Nest" twenty minutes ago. What a beautiful story, and so well written! Your research was evident is most every paragraph, and your ability to tell a good story showed in every chapter. I was impressed with the way you told the stories so well, almost as if you were one of the characters on site. The writers' group you used as a resource served you well.

When is the sequel due to be published?

Again, congratulations on a great accomplishment.

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After years of delay by the civil war and bickering titans, the railroad west from St. Paul finally opened in 1883 allowing accessibility for throngs of people to emigrate to the cities of the northwest. The population of Portland, Oregon was 17,577 when the final spike of the Northern Pacific Transcontinental railroad was driven in Gold Creek, Montana on September 8th, and just a few years later in 1900, the population had swelled to 90,426.

Alex and Julianna found this bustling, dynamic city when they stepped off the train at the Oregon terminus in Albina in the spring of 1884. (The railroad ended on the east bank of the Willamette River until 1888 when the first bridge, now known as the Steel Bridge spanned the river.) Accompanied by their small daughter and another couple, they came with high hopes and a variety of skills. Like the others, they were lured by the availability of cheap land and the railroad’s advertisements of good jobs.

After numerous set backs and disappointments, they found their homestead on the land above the bluff overlooking the confluence of the Sandy and the Columbia Rivers, east of what later became the thriving village of Troutdale. Their community became known as Pleasant View; the place near where eagles nest.