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The uplifting historical mystery rooted in the American Civil War/Great Depression era about secrecy, scandal, friendship, & truth.

It is 1933, and a pandemic of homelessness, joblessness, despair, and financial ruin grip the nation. Wind and drought ravage the central plains, and an ambitious new president takes office. Under such circumstances, Annie Young, her parents, a
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Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Jane Yearout
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Nora Wolfenbarger
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved how the author showed the different viewpoints of a troubled time. There is a harshness to what was happening, but a desire to understand and seek truth. The characters are strong, sensitive, and colorful. There are strong similarities to the times we face today. I would highly recommend this book.
Jennifer Kenyon
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My search for an uplifting read during our troubled times of 2020 happened for me while traveling this Red Dirt Road. Books about this era might inundate us with cussing, foul and racial language and actions, sexual activities, and gore. In my mind, this book is refreshingly absent of those aspects of life that I’d rather not “see” now. There are some very sad parts in the book, but the language is quiet and reflective. I am not a history buff, but the historical story was as interesting to me a ...more
Kathryn Bennett
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend loaned me this book, and I really liked it. The characters were vivid and well developed, which made me feel as if I knew them personally. I appreciated the backstory of the first couple of chapters because it helped me understand Annie and her parents better. The author obviously did her homework regarding details about the Depression and the Civil War. I couldn't predict what was going to happen next, which is good! I would recommend the book to anybody, male or female, above the age ...more
Michael Rafferty
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very fine read indeed

Jane Yearout’s inaugural novel is an insightful, entertaining, and occasionally uncomfortable exploration of racist cruelty and white privilege told through the eyes of a young girl and the aid of a lost soul. Annie’s determination to uncover the truth about an event from Civil War times is the heart of a great story. This is a book with broad appeal and a very timely message. It’s a little slow at the start, but stick with it and you will be rewarded.
Gigi Perry
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Definitely worth reading. A well written historical fiction with a great cast of characters, and a nice little unsuspected twist the ending. The first chapter was a little slow but the book kept getting better and better as it progressed.
David Clemens
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beginning is a bit slow, bogged down with back story, but stick with it - the story itself is quite compelling once it gets going. Work reading.
Ched Yearout
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A great and heart warming story. Be sure to read the prologue and epilogue carefully. Once l got into the story I could not put it down.
Rhonda Larson
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Goodness, it was nice to read a story about a loving family and a young girl's quest for truth during these troubled times. This story is timely! The author weaves events during the Great Depression with Civil War events seamlessly and unexpectedly. Character development is excellent. I was amazed to discover this is the author's debut novel. It would make a great movie! It begs for a sequel, and I hope she will write one. I haven't read a book that made me laugh, cry, and smile with satisfactio ...more
Jim Blessing
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I very rarely read books of fiction, but my niece loaned this one to me. I really enjoyed it!
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