Dinah Hubly believes that if she becomes a Harvey Girl, that she'll finally received the respect that she's always wanted and never received. But at seventeen she is just a year shy of the mandatory eighteen, so she's sent to the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas as a chambermaid, where she meets Ruthie, her roommate perspective friend.
Ruthie is Dinah's opposite in almost every way, vivacious and talkative, her father is the town minister, and she grew up in a happy home with two parents who loved her.
Amos Ackerman was ran over by a wagon when he was a child, and his hip never healed. He cannot farm so he raises chickens. Ruthie immediately fancies him, but he prefers Dinah.
This is a drama filled read, with heart break and disillusionment, yet faith and hope find a way to shine through.
This story has three main characters, and tells the story from each of their sides switching frequently back and forth. Dinah was my favorite character though, because of her strength and resilience. There were also some fantastic side characters like Dinah and Ruthie's manager Mr. Irwin.
The characters in this book are very well developed and very human, at times they jump to conclusions, and others they get along, and sometimes their pasts cloud their thinking. The plot is good, but there are times when the pace slows down quite a bit, but the themes of faith and forgiveness shine through to the end. An enjoyable, yet tough read.
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