Rivers deviates from her usual fiction to investigate her ancestors. In this novel, the first in a two part series, Rivers tells the story of her grandmother. Marta was forced by her father to go to work as a young teen in Switzerland. She manages to get to Canada where she lives her dream by owning a boarding house. She marries and goes with her husband as he has agreed to sharecrop without her knowing. After years of hardship they move to California, where the hardship continues.
Rivers writes well and the story is intriguing as the author tries to explain the hard feeling between River's mother and grandmother. She does it in a manner totally believable. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Tyndale House Publishers, 483 pages.