As the fight for Texas Independence heats up in the fall of 1835, young volunteers as far away as Macon, Georgia enlist to test their mettle in the brewing struggle. Three women traveling alongside the battalion have hidden reasons for abandoning home. They have never heard of the remote settlement Waterloo—destined to be renamed Austin. None starting out on the 1,000 mile trek envision a treacherous passage into unrelenting frontier. No one foresees any morning as cruel as the next Palm Sunday in Goliad, Texas.
You, like me, will love the latest novel of the Texas Revolution. Sparked by the memory of an ancestor who joined the fight for Texas independence, Judith Austin Mills weaves the true story of the ill-fated Georgia Battalion with that of a family of women crossing the same borders. Historical characters and the author’s meticulous research add depth and realism to the narrative. Read this book to lose yourself in the dangerous, violent, yet ultimately hopeful world of frontier Texas, a world that, for better or worse, gave birth to our own.
—Jeffrey Kerr, author, Austin, Texas: Then and Now and The Republic of Austin
I’m struck with the clarity of the author’s vision. I look forward to more from this gifted writer.
—Sharon Kahn, author, Ruby, the Rabbi’s Wife series; co-author Brave Black Women
The fine novel How Far Tomorrow follows one proud group of men who leave Georgia to join the fight in Texas as war with Mexico erupts in 1835. Traveling with these men on their long journey are the Harper women, who create within the vortex of war, dislocation, and tragedy, a “tomorrow” that is worthy of sacrifice and love.
—John Willingham, historian and novelist, The Edge of Freedom
Texas history came alive to me in this remarkable story of love and sacrifice.
—Nancy Bell, author, Biggie series and Judge Jackson Crain series
This is a moving story, held together by the courage of the three women, and the family ties between the men from Macon. And in conjunction with the rhetoric of “freedom,” Judith Austin Mills has shown the bitter underside of what happens when people have no idea what they are getting into, and are badly led from every direction. Yarico is a wonderful character. As is Adeline.
—Susan Bright, poet and publisher, author of 17 books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How Far Tomorrow: Remembering the Georgia Battalion in Texas This is a very descriptive, historical book set during the Texas Revolution of 1835-1836. The characters are dedicated to the fight for freedom and will endure life threatening odds and struggles to achieve liberty. The book starts out with the Harper women, who find they must quickly pack up their bags and sell the house and escape from recently surfaced past secrets. Maggie, Adeline and Yarico set off on their journey to Texas, traveling with the soldiers and will find themselves many times having to come to their aid. They had set out to escape their past and start a new life, but found themselves in the midst of a war, many times they were not sure of the outcome. The Macon cousins are also on their way to Texas as soldiers and the obstacles they meet on the way are so carefully described, you can almost as the reader feel the pain in their feet as they walk many miles and suffer from severe blisters to reach their destination, but their dedication is so apparent and Mills the author, is able to draw the reader in by using such well carefully written descriptions, that you are able to feel each soldier's hardships and pain. The most enduring part to me is when the Harper women use the precious bolt of blue silk which they had been saving for a dress shop, to make patches for the bleeding, severely blistered feet of the soldiers. If you love historical books you will love this one. It is full of pain, suffering and at times happiness and love. I was quite attached to it from beginning to end. This book comes highly recommended from this reader. Mills is able to spin this tale of the Texas Revolution with such colorful characters you will be thinking about them long after the book is finished. In the end I found myself wanting to know more about the Texas Revolution where men fought for freedom, liberty and became heroes.