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Broken Ground - eBook  -     By: Karen Halvorsen Schreck
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781476794853
ISBN-13: 9781476794853

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When a young oil rig widow escapes her grief and the Texas Dust Bowl, she discovers a surprising future—and new passion—awaiting her in California in this lyrically written romance by the author of Sing for Me.

Newly married to her childhood sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Ruth Warren is settling into life in a Depression-era, East Texas oil town. She’s making a home when she learns that her young husband, Charlie, has been killed in an oil rig accident. Ruth is devastated, but then gets a chance for a fresh start: a scholarship from a college in Pasadena, CA. Ruth decides to take a risk and travel west, to pursue her one remaining dream to become a teacher.

At college Ruth tries to fit into campus life, but her grief holds her back. When she spends Christmas with some old family friends, she meets the striking and compelling Thomas Everly, whose own losses and struggles have instilled in him a commitment to social justice, and led him to work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in a camp just east of Los Angeles. With Thomas, Ruth sees another side of town, and another side of current events: the numerous forced deportations without due process of Mexicans, along with United States citizens of Mexican descent.

After Ruth is forced to leave school, she goes to visit Thomas and sees that he has cobbled together a night school for the farmworkers’ children. Ruth begins to work with the children, and establishes deep friendships with people in the camp. When the camp is raided and the workers and their families are rounded up and shipped back to Mexico, Ruth and Thomas decide to take a stand for the workers’ rights—all while promising to love and cherish one another.

Author Bio

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of three previous novels, Sing for Me, Dream Journal, and While He Was Away. She received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Literal Latté, Other Voices, Image, as well as other literary journals and magazines, and have received various awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Illinois State Arts Council Grant, and in 2009, first prize awards for memoir and devotional magazine writing from the Evangelical Press Association. A freelance writer and frequent visiting professor of English at Wheaton College, Karen lives with her husband and two children in Wheaton, Illinois.

Editorial Reviews

"Well-written, lyric… Readers will love Ruth's stamina and heart, and come away with a new understanding of immigrant experiences both then and now."
"A masterfully written historical novel …Broken Ground is not to be missed."
"The characters remind the reader that while the world is full of broken people, promises and ground, there is hope. Ruth is an encouraging character who finds herself after losing everything."
"A wonderfully engaging and consistently compelling read... highly recommended."
"The evocative story proceeds fluidly, in the strong and delightful voice that is Ruth’s. The stark landscape of Oklahoma, the emotional tugs of the heart, and the rewarding outcomes all meld together to form a compelling novel."
"Karen Halvorsen Schreck has done it again… Engaging, lyrical, and inspirational"
"Karen Halvorsen Schreck tells a compelling story, emotionally honest and beautifully written.
"With the greatest empathy and insight, Broken Ground lays bare the brutal reality of a young widow's struggle to survive in Depression-era America. Schreck captures the subtleties of the American South and West with such muscle–her detailed eye snagging every detail–that I felt as if I’d been dropped into another time and place."
“A wonderful novel… large-hearted and well-researched...makes an important contribution to current debates about immigration andprovides a much-needed example of Christianity as a force for compassion,enlightenment, and social justice.”

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Mexican Repatriation, Great Characters and Romance
    May 31, 2016
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Broken Ground.
    Karen Halvorsen Schreck in her new book, Broken Ground published by Howard Books introduces us to Ruth Warren.

    From the back cover: When a young oil rig widow escapes her grief and the Texas Dust Bowl, she discovers a surprising futureand new passionawaiting her in California.

    Newly married to her childhood sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Ruth Warren is settling into life in a Depression-era, East Texas oil town. Shes making a home when she learns that her young husband, Charlie, has been killed in an oil rig accident. Ruth is devastated, but then gets a chance for a fresh start: a scholarship from a college in Pasadena, CA. Ruth decides to take a risk and travel west, to pursue her one remaining dream to become a teacher.

    At college Ruth tries to fit into campus life, but her grief holds her back. When she spends Christmas with some old family friends, she meets the striking and compelling Thomas Everly, whose own losses and struggles have instilled in him a commitment to social justice, and led him to work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in a camp just east of Los Angeles. With Thomas, Ruth sees another side of town, and another side of current events: the numerous forced deportations without due process of Mexicans, along with United States citizens of Mexican descent.

    After Ruth is forced to leave school, she goes to visit Thomas and sees that he has cobbled together a night school for the farmworkers children. Ruth begins to work with the children, and establishes deep friendships with people in the camp. When the camp is raided and the workers and their families are rounded up and shipped back to Mexico, Ruth and Thomas decide to take a stand for the workers rightsall while promising to love and cherish one another.

    Ms. Schreck has given us historical fiction at its finest. The plot of the story centers around the Mexican Repatriationan event in history that is not well-known. Ms. Schreck starts us in 1934 and takes us through 1935 and every single minute of it is interesting to say the least. Let me assure you once you get started you are not going to want to be interrupted. Ms. Schreck has set it up so that you are captured from the first page and she doesnt let go until the last. Ruth and Thomas are absolutely fascinating characters that draw you into their lives and you want to hang out with them and see what they are going to do. Ms. Schreck has given us a wonderfully engaging story.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful portrayal of humanity
    May 30, 2016
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Broken Ground.
    In the mid-1930s newlyweds, Ruth and Charlie have just begun their lives together. Tragedy takes Charlie's life, leaving Ruth lost and alone, forced to make significant changes that will pattern her future.

    The author has created strong characters who traverse considerable misfortune and conflict. The plot moves at a steady pace and is unpredictable. Unexpected circumstances unfold as Ruth journeys through difficult times in her personal life, and the lives of those who affect her deeply.

    The Mexican Repatriation becomes the focus as Ruth becomes involved with children and families whose very existence is questionable. At this point in the story the prejudices and appalling treatment of migrant workers is well documented and powerful. A great deal of research has brought to life the events surrounding the deportation of a people whose Mexican descent is more powerful than the citizenship papers and work papers they hold.

    Broken Ground is written with knowledge and passion, and the author is effective at projecting the atrocities of the human condition. I highly recommend this novel for the honest approach to shocking realities.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Howard Books and Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  3. Carla
    OK
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lyrically-Written Depression Era Story
    May 13, 2016
    Carla
    OK
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    This review was written for Broken Ground.
    I have a fascination for the Depression era - the hard scrabble life and the perseverance of those who lived in that era - so my friend Karen Halvorsen Schreck's new novel, BROKEN GROUND, was of immediate interest to me. An added bonus was that the beginning of the book is set in Oklahoma and Texas, both states I've called home.

    I was immediately drawn in to the warmth of Ruth Warren's character and the sting of being widowed while still a newlywed. Aided by a friend, she is able to attend college in California on a scholarship. There a different tragedy awaits her, and she has to leave school, but while still considering her options, she meets Thomas Everly, the son of a family friend. Curious about his work with children in a migrant camp and needing time to heal from her own wounded life, she visits and is drawn into the plight of the Mexican workers there who are being deported.

    While the plot of the story centers around the Mexican Repatriation - an event in history that is not well known - the characters are what bring resonance and life to this lovely, lyrically-penned novel. Friendships matter. People matter. Love can grow out of shared passion.

    Karen's ability to write about gritty subjects with grace is a rare talent. BROKEN GROUND is a beautifully written book that will stay with you long after the last page. Highly recommended for those who love historical fiction and strong stories of love and friendship.

    I received this book from the publisher for my honest review.



    ~ Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and A Flying Affair
  4. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Broken Ground
    May 11, 2016
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Broken Ground.
    Broken Ground is the first book I have read by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It involves the deportations of Mexicans during the 1930s. It's definitely material I have never read before and I found it refreshing to read something new.

    Highly recommended.

    5 plus stars.

    I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest exchange which was given.
  5. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A widow escapes her grief in Texas to a surprising future in California that will forever change her!
    May 10, 2016
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Broken Ground.
    I can't imagine trying to find a way to start all over again. To pick up the shattered pieces of your life and move forward. To know that while your parents might mean well, they don't know what it means to you to put your grief aside and make a fresh start even though you don't know the outcome. That is the thoughts and emotions of twenty-one-year old Ruth Warren who married the absolute love of her life, Charlie and settled in for a life despite the hardships of the Texas Dust bowl. Charlie works for the oil company and when an accident one day robs her of any future and family, Ruth falls into despair.

    Most of the men living in the small town have also been a victim of that explosion and now all the families are packing up and headed west for new promises that they have heard of in California. All Ruth has even wanted beside love, is to learn. Learn things she has been told a woman shouldn't learn or told they don't pertain to her. So when she moves back home at the insistence of her parents, she takes up venturing back to her favorite place the library. She is immediately consoled by her favorite librarian who offers her a chance at a fresh start when the college applications she and Charlie had filled out, come back with full scholarships and a chance at a new future in Pasadena, California. The only issue is telling her parents.

    As Ruth heads out to Pasadena she has her first experience in Union Station at discrimination and the way Mexicans are being placed on a train to be deported back to Mexico. It is when she takes her education to an entirely new level the more she learns about what is happening to those around her who have little say in what is happening and she finds a likely ally in Thomas Everly who will inspire her to new heights of hope not only in the lives of those she is helping but in her own life as well.

    I received Broken Ground by Karen Halvorsen Schreck compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and personal evaluation. I love it when you find a great novel that tackles subjects from history that may have been briefly touched on, but are missing from our history books as of late. The author note at the end of the novel shares Karen's personal journey of how this novel evolved from one thing and arrived at the novel it is today. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
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