The author has created a book from the life story of her grandmother – Maude. It is a tale that will grab you by the collar, sit you down, and won’t let go until you’ve turned the last page. Life at the turn of the century was difficult at best, especially for girls who were expected to learn all the day-to-day ways of making their man (husband) happy – cooking, cleaning, washing, mending, gardening, milking the cow, cleaning the outhouse, and still find time to welcome him into their waiting arms at night.
Maude’s story begins in the early years of the 1900s. We follow her through the happiness of her first marriage at an early age, through her move to a new home far away from family and friends, and on to her love for her grandchildren. The character of Maude is as complex as any other I’ve met. Her story is compelling. And while I’m sure we all have a family story that is similar in many ways, this one is worth reading. The story is well written and easy to follow. The descriptive passages are detailed but never bog the reader down with too much flowery prose.
You’ll find yourself entranced with Maude’s family. A perfect book to travel with.
Rating: M M M M