the Journals of
A Novel by
J K Hoffman
“My Christian name is Elisabeth Mae Hoffman,
my family calls me Lizzie, and today is my tenth birthday.
You, dearest journal, are my birthday present;
the best gift I have ever received.”
With those words Lizzie Hoffman introduces herself to us - and speaks directly to her
biographer Judy Hoffman - who formed an immediate kinship. Based on historic records
of the extended Hoffman family and their travels west to their home in Flagstaff Arizona.
In her own voice we learn about her life ranching, mining and homesteading in the 1800s - accompanied by the foolish men and brazen tarts who challenge her... through her marriages and paths from Kansas to the Yukon, Lizzie’s journals expose her life’s unexpected journeys - all leading to a heartbreaking finale.
Born in 1876, Elisabeth Mae Hoffman - Lizzie - is gifted a diary book and thus begins her written tale. With her family she moves ever-Westward, ending in the Williams-Flagstaff area. While her brothers go into ranching she is schooled and - ever the tomboy- tackles herding cattle, lassoing and a bit of gunplay! A chance meeting with a young girl- a seer-warns Lizzie of a future danger to her involving
a man and a black horse. The girl gives her a small black onyx horse figurine and with this
she is haunted with nightmares. After several attempts to lose the figurine she seeks out the
advice of a fortune teller.
Still a girl, Lizzie meets Ed Geddes, and their relationship is born . . . leading to the novel's
more dramatic and heart-breaking chapters.
Wanderlust takes Lizzie far afield: the far North and back to her beloved Arizona -
gold-panning, nannying and even a stint as a Roadhouse matron. A Chance encounter
with Bill Cody reveals a side to Lizzie that even she wasn't aware of!
Throughout, she juggles affections for her two men, Ed, and Bill- marrying one -
or both? You'll have to read the tale to find out. . .
MY FIRST BOOK SIGNING IN SEPTEMBER AT THE FLAGSTAFF VISITORS CENTER DURING THE FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK.
THIS IS A REALLY NICE LOCAL STORE. STOP BY TO VISIT MY FRIENDS THERE. TELL THEM JK HOFFMAN SENT YOU!