Times are tough in 1893 Chicago---so when Jacob loses his banking job, he takes his 4-year-old daughter, Cassie, and rides the rails west in search of work. He never imagines that their train will derail in Iowa---or that the Amana religious community will welcome them like family! Could they ever call Homestead home? 320 pages, softcover from Summerside.
Times are hard in 1894. Desperate for work, former banker Jacob Hirsch rides the rails west from Chicago with his four-year-old daughter, Cassie. When a life-threatening illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the local Amana villagers welcome the father and daughter into their peaceful society. Liesel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health, and the Homestead elders offer Jacob work. But Jacob?'s growing interest in Liesel complicates his position in the Amanas. Will he fight to stay in the only place that feels like home, even if it means giving up the woman he loves? Or will Liesel leave her beloved community to face the outside world with Jacob and Cassie at her side?
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