Meghan Thornson is ecstatic when she secures employment as a Harvey Girl in Needles, California. A good job, earning her own money, greeting and encouraging World War I recruits, gaining her independence; the perfect combination for success . . . .right?
Caleb McBride keeps to himself, rarely visiting town unless he is required to pick up horses or deliver trained horses to the railroad station for transport. His contributions to the war effort are not appreciated by the residents of Needles, many think he is profiting off the war , rather than volunteering his services; in other words they consider him a coward. And Caleb has done nothing to overtly change those opinions.
When beautiful, outspoken Meghan meets handsome, introverted Caleb, the town of Needles, California may never be the same. Enjoy this light, entertaining look at the brave men and women on the home front during this period of American history.
Interesting multi-faceted story of life in a dry, barren land we traveled through many times in my youth. As an RN, I was fascinated by the way a severe epidemic of influenza was treated as the Army was transported through the area by train. (Not much different than the Ebola virus we are seeing today.) Implications of prejudice and rejection of others based on race and handicaps explored in a helpful way. Loved this story.
Not only does this book have a great story line, but the historical aspect will add to your knowledge of the early days of the railroad and the Harvey girls! Was so surprised and delighted with this novel; I had not read this author before, so my expectations were not too high. But she exceeded them all! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!