A lovely story about a Quaker woman who moves to the plains of Eastern Colorado during the Depression/Dustbowl years to marry a rancher she barely knows. Old secrets, unrealistic expectations, hard times on the ranch, clashing beliefs, stubbornness, underlying love and determination made this a very good book. I enjoyed it very much.
A good look into the beliefs of Quakers, and the struggles they face trying to tap into their Inner Light.
A well-written story of how two people overcome environmental hardships, and overcome themselves to find happiness in their marriage.
I found this one pretty pleasant and very much enjoyed the ending, which was probably the most germane of any book I've ever read; it fit perfectly with every internal journey each of the characters made during the course of the book. The last line uttered by Alfred just gave me chills and made me nod. Yes, I thought, this is as it should be.
For being so "dusty" a book, the setting didn't bother me and I was able to focus on the story of Virginia, the Quaker woman, coming to terms with her self-made situation in life and new marriage to a man she barely knew. I also learned about Alfred, the man struggling to become a rancher and prove himself worthy of his father's love, standing the whole time in his dead brother's shadow.
It's obvious this writer has written before - she's good at it. The story is solid, the themes timeless, the characters complex, and the conclusions appropriate. I only wanted it to be a bit more charismatic but I'm unsure how the author could have done that.
This is an excellent book. It is especially interesting if you are familiar with the Quaker religion and practices at all.
A lovely book about life on the prairies during the dust bowl years and the Great Depression. It focuses on one couple, and a few other members of theirfamilies, and gives a moving picture of day to day life.
This was an interesting book. A Quaker woman marries a man who is trying to start a cattle ranch during the Great Depression/Dust Bowl years. Both have issues in their past lives that somewhat hinder the marriage. Then Virginia's mentally handicapped brother comes to live with them and help on the ranch.
This book is fiction but was based on a real woman's life as told to the author. Simply written and thouroughally enjoyable; realistic, a quick read. The way it ended, hopefully a sequel...?