Our American mythology is that this is a land of unlimited opportunity, and that hard work, resourcefulness, and perhaps a bit of luck, will bring unlimited rewards. And then we meet Elsa, the indomitable heroine of this truly American story, and we are completely disavowed of this quaint notion. As if the Great Depression were not enough, this extraordinary novel also depicts the Dust Bowl of the great plains, and then the migration to California that brought unrelenting hardship to those who dared the trip. Elsa, a pitiable figure at the opening of this novel, goes through many transformations, and against all odds creates a loving family and a hopeful future. What we come away with is that no matter the odds, it is hope and love that endure. This is another brilliant work of historical fiction from Hannah and I devoured every word. One warning – have a hankie at hand.
–Jane, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA