How Far Tomorrow

Written by Judith Austin Mills
Review by Laura Lloyd

It’s 1835, and looking for help in defeating Mexico’s Santa Anna, Texas leaders turn to the South to find volunteers to join their cause. When commander William Ward calls for recruits in Macon, Georgia, a company of about 120 men enlists. As recruits are being gathered, a distant uncle pries into the business of the Harper household—three women living on a secluded farm outside of Macon.  When the uncle gets too close to uncovering carefully protected family secrets, Maggie Harper decides that she must leave Macon and join her nephew in Texas in order to protect the other two women.  Yarico and Adeline Harper refuse to let Maggie make the trip alone, though, and the three women travel to Texas in the wake of the enlisted men.

I enjoyed the storyline of the Harper women over that of the Georgia volunteers, as the details and of military life and battle plans dragged. I enjoyed reading of the women’s strength, courage, and adaptability as they settled in fledgling Texas. Unfortunately, the flow of the dialogue created a choppy reading experience as conversations ended mid-sentence and characters interrupted one another. Still, meticulously researched and true to facts, How Far Tomorrow will be appreciated by anyone interested in Georgia’s involvement in early Texas.