The award-winning tale of a mountain pioneer woman in the 1890s, reflecting the hardships and rewards of life in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. An excellent fictional account... "A beautiful piece of American Storytelling."
I read this book in two sittings. The story is a hard one; a woman homesteading alone in harsh surroundings. The woman lived a difficult past so her courage comes hard-won and the circumstances she faces living and working all by herself to make a home takes all of it. The characters in the book are all unique and believable. The writing style is a little different; no long-winded descriptions or details but the reader sees it all perfectly. A writer of lesser talent would have taken this story all over the place, adding dozens or hundreds of pages to make sure the reader 'gets it.' I could sit right down now and read it again, it was that good. Highly recommended.
I adore stories of pioneer, survival type women so this was right up my street. A bit choppy in places, but not enough to deter reading on about her struggles. I am a questioner, and wonder about some practicalities which this woman had to have encountered, but still believable. Good descriptive writing and authentic feeling of the time. The ending a bit abrupt, left to the reader's own wrap up really, which I didn't mind. Ldybritt