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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Free Kindle Ebook shows Pioneer Life by Linda Hubalek

When my husband was transferred to California for a two year project in 1990, I not only had to sell my wholesale floral business to be with him, but I lost my identity. Simple as that. What I did defined who I was.

I’m an introvert, and I’ve always poured myself into my work…growing up on a farm, and then in my business. All of a sudden we were in in living in the San Francisco area and I didn’t have my flower fields (or farm crops or any quiet open space) around me. Plus life in California was so much different from the Midwest. From the weather, traffic, food—to the neighborhood—I was on another planet, lost in space…plus I was just plain homesick for family and the Midwest.

Searching for what I wanted to do next with my life, I decided to look into my past as a project to work on. I started digging up information on my ancestors, which lead me not only the important dates of their lives, but also their stories.

What I realized is that all my ancestors traveled across the sea to settle in Kansas when the territory opened up in 1854, or shortly after the Civil War when land was available to homestead.
They were from European countries, leaving family, community and the life they knew behind to start a new and hopefully better life In America.

As I absorbed my ancestors’ stories, I realized they could never go back, hear their parent’s voices again, see the faces of loved ones, or the scenery of their past. But, I could call to talk to family, and fly home in this modern age. This realization cured my homesickness and helped me cope with the abrupt changes that cropped up on my path.

This time away from home and loved ones led me to my writing career, and finally back to living on the prairie when my family homesteaded.

Sharing my ancestors’ stories have helped others see what the pioneers did for all of us—a look at the past to appreciate what we have now. I hope you’ll read my book series to get an insight on your family’s history too.

In fact, you can start right now because Thimble of Soil is a free Kindle ebook from Sept 19th through the 23rd. Enjoy the second book in the Trail of Thread series today!


  1. Linda,

    Thank you for the book. Tracing ancestors and history in general seems to root us in our lives. The depth we can gather from what those who walked before us did is priceless. Love that you took your stories and shared them with the rest of us. What a great gift. Doris

    1. Thanks Doris. Enjoy the book.
      It was really moving when I did research of where and when my ancestors were in Lawrence KS, (Thimble of Soil book) and then finding notes they chased after Quantrill after he burned down the town...just things like that really bring my ancestors' lives...and trauma to life.

  2. Linda,

    Your books are part of my gift-giving this Christmas. Several of my family members will enjoy reading them as much as I have. I envy you in that you've taken the time to research your ancestral heritage. I've wanted to do the same--have intended to--but it seems I haven't moved that project to the top of my 'to accomplish' list.

    Best of luck with them

    1. Hi Kaye, Yes, research can be time-consuming, especially when you start finding neat stuff...and then you find another question to find the answer too...and on and on.
      Thanks for giving my books for Christmas presents. That's a neat idea and I appreciate it!