The Ballad of Lucy Whipple truly does an excellent job of showing women's will to survive. You see Lucy and her mother endure so much and in the end discover more about themselves than they ever could have imagined. They also realized that they were a family and that they always would be family no matter where they were because their hearts would be together. This book bridges the gap between the women of the past to the women of today. We see them struggle to support themselves, and survive in a world that was thought to be built for a man.
"The Ballad of Lucy Whipple" is a story of adventure and loneliness. It centers around the fact that the west was hard on everyone and especially on those who were single mothers struggling to support their families. It showed how a single mother took care of herself and her children on the long trip to California from Massachusetts, and despite many precarious situations, then continued to take care of them. It also showed how we can grow and mature into a new situation even if we don't like it.
“The Ballad of Lucy Whipple” has the structure of a series rather than a TV movie, providing a full season’s litany of episodes with the thinnest narrative thread to hold them together. Fortunately for CBS, the unifying force for this sprawling storytelling is Jena Malone, and there are certainly moments when she and star-executive producer Glenn Close help this made-for, set in early California, strike tiny nuggets of gold. But there’s no sustained drive to this supposed ballad, and tonally it feels uncomfortably caught between a picture for young adults, like the novel upon which it’s based, and a film for an adult audience looking for a bit more gravity.