This book was excellent! Three-dimensional characters, compelling story, very good pacing. I've read other books by Mrs. Sawyer and she is an amazing author! Her books are "clean" and yet very compelling. I didn't want to put it down. The only negative thing I can say is that it kept me up far too late at night! =)
This book was amazing! You touched and felt what the characters touched and felt, lived and breathed what the characters lived and breathed, and pinched and scraped with them to get through life in the middle of the Depression. Being in portrayed in Kansas, it really gave it a family, farmy feel that brought me even closer. Kim's style was wonderful the way it showed everybodys thoughts and feelings, you wouldn't have felt as close to the character if it wasn't that way, and Jack would have been kept a secret until the end, which would have taken out one of the major parts of the book. Among all the others charcters, Anna mae touch my heart, I seriously could not put it down, even when reading by candle light when our power was out!I can't decribe anymore without giving it away, so you will have to read it for your self. All I can say is I LOVED this book like all the other Kim Vogel Sawyer books I've read = ).
When I read this book I felt like I was a part of it. This author pulls me so thoroughly into the story I can smell the smells, hear the sounds, and see the sights. I highly recommend anything she writes.