Author: Sandra Brown
Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction
Who Recommended Book to Me: Diane of Bibliophile by the Sea with her wonderful review!
A romantic historical novel about an independent woman who runs a boarding house in Dust Bowl Texas.
I haven't read Brown in ages because frankly, I was burned out on her writing. That has changed with this little gem. She states in the opening pages how she had been working on this book for quite a while and was really writing it for herself, thinking that her editors/publishers wouldn't care for it because it wasn't like her other books. I hope she realizes now that she should trust her own instincts first and that if she's happy with what she's writing ( and not under pressure to write another formula driven best seller) that others will enjoy it too! It was refreshing to read a book where the characters cared about morals, the edicts of society, and that helping your neighbor was more important than yourself. I learned some very interesting facts about the government's program, Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, where they paid farmers not to plant cotton, food crops, and to kill (more like massacre) their livestock. As always, there was a lot of corruption when the American farmer had to deal with the government back then. Pretty much the same as today. The two main characters, Ella and Rainwater, are people that you will fall in love with. They each have a strong moral compass,and were willing to lend a hand no matter what the consequences may be. I felt this book gave me
a snapshot of an era gone by, and helped me really appreciate how Americans made it through the Great Depression. This book was a quick, entertaining, and enlightening read ,and one that I can totally feel comfortable recommending to others!!!!