Highly recommended. A historical novel that avoids the usual pitfalls of historical novels. Often, they focus around romance between characters in trite, overdone plots. This novel, however, manages to mix the personal and the historical in equal measures to keep the writing interesting. The heroine, Lidie, is a misfit who goes to Kansas as a settler. I won't give the plot away, but slavery, states' rights, North versus South, feminism, and other issues are central to this novel.