It is about Laura, Manly and Rose when they move to Missouri. It has the plain simple style of the Little House books. Laura is a strong determined woman who writes what she feels. She and Manly have a great relationship.
I started reading this series because I loved the Animorph series. I'm surprised that I don't like this series. I keep waiting for it to get good. The books do not work as stand alone books. I hope the sum is greater than the parts.
When her grandparents take he to Rome after graduation she realizes her Grams is right. She does look like a Renaissance Beauty. She sees herself in the portrait of Lucrezia Panciaici.
Back home she writes letters to Lucrezia Panciaichi to help her help with her feelings. Her relationship is changing with her best fiend Barclay. The president of the Relief Society asks her to befriend Katelyn Jaison. Katelyn was her classmate - one of the popular girls who ignored Avery in school Avery also learns the truth about the break up of her parents marriage.
Through her friendship she helps Kaeyn deal with the hard choices that need to be made. Avery grows and gains a better understanding of her own relationship with her mother.
Avery is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and her faith is an important part of her life.
The book is full of political machinations. It can be hard to follow with Kira and the two Iliana Ghemors all posing as the Intendant at one time or another. This is not for the casual DS9 fan. You need to be very familiar with all the complexities of both universes to follow the complicated goings on.