4 Stars Out Of 5
Dramatic and realistic series!
September 24, 2013
My favorite stories are those that feel real, and unfortunately for the Stevenson's grandchildren, this series does. The drama and enveloping sadness following a death is there, but so is the hope and promise of spring - of finding a new normal and figuring out how to make life work again. Friendships and community connections play large roles in helping the Stevenson family to adapt to this major change in their lives.
I loved the steadiness of the farm - of the change of the seasons, of the unpredictable routine of the work, and of the way that it reminded me of my great-grandparents on their farm. I loved how foreign it was to their grandchildren and how hard everyone had to work - both to come together and to survive.
The cast of characters is pretty cool. Diverse in personality and talent, they don't even work together very well - but their determination to stick together shines through it all.
I'm not sure what sort of scope is planned for this series, but I hope that there are more planned. While the immediate problem of finding tentative peace for the family does reach resolution within these books, the characters do not feel finished to me. I would love to see more books written into this series and to find out what happens to these characters next.
I received a free copy of these books from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.