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VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Mexican Repatriation, Great Characters and RomanceMay 31, 2016VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Karen 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.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful portrayal of humanityMay 30, 2016NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In 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.
CarlaOKAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lyrically-Written Depression Era StoryMay 13, 2016CarlaOKAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I 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
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Broken GroundMay 11, 2016Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Broken 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.
5 plus stars.
I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest exchange which was given.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A widow escapes her grief in Texas to a surprising future in California that will forever change her!May 10, 2016Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.