Ride for Rights by Tara Chevrestt

Ride for Rights


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?
Tara’s story is loosely based on Adeline and Augusta Van Buren. AKA “Addie” and “Gussie.” These women were descendents of the 8th president. On July 4, 1916 they set out from Brooklyn, New York, Tara made it Buffalo, and rode across country on Indian Model Power Plus Bikes. Tara really did her research and got facts straight. For instance, the arrest you’ll read about-true. The shark attacks, war info, Boy Scouts in Central Park and woman detained in Russia were all true and taken from a diary.
I’m not a big fan of historical novels, but I am a big fan of trying new things. Ride for Rights was a fun, fast pace read. I loved it. Truly. There were a few grammatical issues, but all in all it’s just a great, clean vastly entertaining story. I LOVED the author’s note, which is where I acquired the above information, and all the facts in it. How inspiring to read a journey that achieves so much in so few pages.
Very nice job Tara. I look forward to reviewing for you in the future.

2 comments on “Ride for Rights by Tara Chevrestt

  1. They were not alone. I befriended a neighbor in the SF Bay area in the 90s. . .when she was in her 80s. She was Jewish, from Bloomington HIlls, outside of Detroit (related to the Fisher Body Company.) Around this same time as a young unmarried women she announced to her father that she wanted to drive across the country, alone, in a Model T. He forbade it. She went. (Dirt roads and no Motel 6.) She drove to LA, also, to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. I asked her, what did you do once your reached your destination? She answered, “I drove back.”

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