|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: Cherokee Publishing
Page Count: 268
Fiction Genre: Historical, American-Lit., Classic
Dates Read: August 31-September 3, 2015
Wully is in love with Christie, but doesn't realize it he's about tp return to the fight in the Civil War. Wully promises Christie that as soon as he returns they will get married and start their lives together. Christie is excited about her future. Though her father is recently deceased, and her mother is severely depressed, Christie carries on with her days, caring for her younger siblings, and waiting for Wully's return. Wully is shocked he he comes home to find that Christie is not the sweet loving girl he left behind. She's not scared and pregnant with another man's child. This does not matter to Wully, he loves Christie unconditionally, and follows through with his promise, even if it means taking credit for Christie's baby and shaming his family's name.
I had to talk myself into picking this book up. I made the mistake of reading reviews before had and saw so much hate for this book. I was dreading what was between the covers. I am so happy the dread was pointless. I loved this book. Wilson decorates the pages with beautiful and heart-felt prose that make your heart ache for Christie and fall in love with Wully for being such a good human.
Growing up in Iowa and spending a lot of time in small towns, I can tell you that this is still very reflective of life there. Neighbors know each other, care about one another, and community actually means something. So does someone's family name and reputation; these things are more important than your credit score. Much like Wilson's Iowa town, small town Iowans look out for one another.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 8
Pace - 6
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 9
Insightfulness - 6
Ease of Reading - 7
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars