A powerful novel of two sisters in the epicenter of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl.
A poignant coming of age story of faith, as two sisters navigate new worlds on their own struggling to believe in a good, omnipotent God in the unforgiving landscape of the Great Depression.
Kathryn is straightforward and adventurous, she doesn't hold back her feelings. I admired her courage and bravery to keep fighting despite the obstacles that came her way, she is headstrong and doesn't like asking for help. I liked how she persevered, but never shied away from speaking up for herself.
Melissa is a young wife, married to the son of the richest man in town, but marriage quickly loses its rosy glow in the face of abuse. Melissa struggles to see the light in what feels like a hopeless situation. I liked how the sisters are so different, Melissa isn't brave in the ways that Kathryn is, but she finds her own voice and clings to her faith throughout.
Overall, this debut blew me away. It was absolutely stunning. The alternating first person narratives, pulled me into each of the sisters' lives, as they fight their battles for survival and faith, learning to trust in the darkest times. A coming of age novel, set against the unforgiving backdrop of the Dust Bowl, with a powerful message of faith that made me see The Wizard of Oz in a brand new way. Truly a must read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.