Monday, April 23, 2007

Kim Vogel Sawyer's Where Willows Grow ~ Reviewed

Where Willows Grow
By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by Bethany House
ISBN 10: 0-7642-0183-2

Anna Mae isn't sure her husband is being completely honest about his job with the Works Progress Administration. They're building a castle? In Kansas? Harley promised he'd be at his worksite only ling enough to earn enough cash to keep their farm. But the money hasn't arrived, and Anna Mae fears Harley may be gone for good.

Harley Phipps has never been a man in need of luxuries, but he wants to do right by his wife and two little girls. He was about to lose all he'd worked for if her didn't do something—there was no way he could pass up the government job, even if it meant leaving his family for a while. Anna Mae was awful mad when he sold the mules, packed his bag, and headed out. If only she'd send him a short note to let him know she and the girls were all right...

Set during the Great Depression, Where Willows Grow is a poignant story of love, determination and grit. Sawyer weaves a rich tapestry of emotion, deep characterization and setting that beckons the reader to curl up and wrap themselves up in it.

At times, I felt like I was reading about the 1800s instead of 1936, as farm life during the Depression was harsh. Anna Mae beings to wonder what if she'd made different choices. Would her life be easier? I won't spoil the read by revealing any more of the story, but I can promise any book with the name Kim Vogel Sawyer on it promises to be a great read.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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