A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great DepressionSusie FinkbeinerKregel Publications / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 18 Reviews
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MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BEST HISTORICAL FICTION EVER!January 11, 2018MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was over the moon about Ms. Finkbeiners first book, A Cup of Dust, so you can imagine how delighted I was to see the continuing story!
The worst of the Dust Bowl has passed and but the devastation that stands in its wake is overwhelming. The victims are not only dealing with this but also the Great Depression. I honestly do not see how they continued and hung on with so little left.
As if all Pearl and her family had not been through enough, a double tragedy strikes again but in an even more shattering way. The family is forced to leave Oklahoma and move to Michigan and start a new life. I was surprised at how sad they were to leave their home. With nothing left but miles of depressing landscape, it grieved them to leave. You would think they would be ready to go. I do understand Pearls sadness at leaving the family friend Millard. He was a constant and comforting part of her life for as long as she could remember. I had someone like that in my life as a child.
Once again the author captures living history. Not just the facts and details but through the eyes of those that lived it. I love that the story is written from a childs viewpoint, now 11 year old Pearl Spence. The saying, out of the mouth of babes, comes to mind. Nothing is held back and her innocence and honesty paints a true picture.
Once again I love Pearls humor. Not that she was trying to be but the simple way a child sees things and the quirky twist they put on it. I felt such warmth at the closeness of her family and the strong support. It made me happy that shes has her friend Ray that the family has taken in. They have close bond, without all the boyfriend girlfriend stuff that goes on today with young kids. This book introduces the characters, Gus Seegert, her Dads cousin, and his wife Carrie. They generously and lovingly open their home and lives to give Pearls family a new start.
At the beginning of the book it gives a short recap of the previous one, so this could be read as a standalone. Trust me; you will want to read the first book as you will not want to miss out on anything! You are an amazing writer Ms. Finkbeiner! If I could give this book more stars I would!
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MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Trail of CrumbsSeptember 1, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book narrated by Pearl Spence, who is ten years old when this story begins in Oklahoma. There is still plenty of dust and dust storms come up quickly, causing great harm to the Spence family. Needing to escape the dust for health reasons, the family, including Pearl's friend Ray, travels to Michigan to live near Tom's cousin Gus and his wife Carrie. Pearl struggles a bit with the move, missing those left behind, and with the changes in her mama. Mary is battling her own great sadness and discontent. It is interesting to read of the family tragedies from the perspective of a child. She has great support from Gus and Carrie, plus her father, and Ray. This is a series that is best read in its entirety. I felt that this book, especially, had an ending that certainly needed more completion, which should be accomplished in the final book of the series. It is not a happy book but one well worth reading.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Reality can be harshJune 27, 2017MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This tough tale picks up where A Cup of Dust left off. Pearl Spence and her family continue to face difficult times from the Dust Bowl and the Depression. Your heart can't help but go out to her as you journey through the pain and the poignant scenes. This youthful narrator, who turns 12 during the story, reminds me of how Scout told an adult story from her childhood perspective. Readers not only glimpse deep into the main characters' souls, they learn about the time and setting as well as glean insights into human relationships and choices. I would like for the novel to have a happier drama, yet the powerful story is one that grips you and won't let you forget. I also like the way the author works in the word crumbs just often enough to remind you of the title.
Pearl Allard5 Stars Out Of 5Can't Say I Hate History Anymore ;)June 14, 2017Pearl AllardQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have great respect for an author who can help me enjoy something I used to tolerate, ok, avoid. I don't -- didn't -- used to gravitate toward historical fiction (or history for that matter), but this book unlocked a new appreciation for both. I forgot I was reading historical fiction and just got lost in the story. WELL done.
Danielle Hull5 Stars Out Of 5Love the characters and the storyMay 30, 2017Danielle HullQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With each novel by Susie Finkbeiner, I fall more in love with her writing and her characters. I was glad to return to Pearl's story after reading A Cup of Dust. I feel as if I know her family and her home. As awful as the setting of the Great Depression is, I still want to visit; meeting these characters would make it worth the trial. Susie's books are never easy-to-read, full-of-warm-fuzzies types of books. She explores the nitty gritty of life and people. You're crying, you're angry, you're hurting. Then you're loving and cheering Pearl on. You have hope for her future. And I can't wait to find out what it holds.