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Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
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May 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in January, 2010

There's such good writing in this pure tale of one young woman's indomidable spirit, that is is a joy to read. Kirby Larson's character Hattie is fully realized, and we the reader cheer her on as she overcomes her own ignorance and challenges the ignorance of her neighbors. This book is imagined based on historical events during a time when land was up-for-grabs and all you needed to aquire some for yourself was guts and the ability to work hard. When Hattie's uncled dies, she finds herself the potential owner of land that she will inherit if she can "prove" her uncle's claim and make the land produce crops in one year's time. She ventures forth alone, with no experience and little knowledge of how to go about farming, having previously been employed as caregiver and housekeeper to earn her keep at the homes of relatives. Along the road towards independence and establishing her own home she meets up with colorful characters, some helpful and some not so helpful. There's hints of romance as she corresponds with an old friend and meets up with a handsome, yet dangerous rancher who challenges her on many fronts. This is more an historical novel than a romance and the focus remains squarely on Hattie's quest for a place she can finally call her own.

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