Author: Raneé S. Clark
Genres: General Historical, Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: March 1, 2018
As WWII draws to a close, war widow Vera Larsen Trumbell knows all too well the sacrifices of those left on the home front. Working on her family’s farm has sustained Vera and her young children, but she now yearns for a sense of normalcy. The end of the war has been bittersweet for the Larsen clan, as they and the members of their small Wyoming town continue to pick up the pieces of their former lives.
Navigating the complexities of a postwar world, Vera and her family face the changing ideals swirling around them. From rising controversy surrounding women’s presence in the workplace to the town’s cold reception of the newest member of the family—a beautiful French freedom fighter—the American dream of days gone by has been thrown off balance. Even Vera’s own life is set spinning when, despite her better judgment, she feels a growing attraction for the brooding and mysterious local schoolteacher. As the Larsen family and their neighbors tread on thorny territory, will the people of this small town find the strength to embrace an unfamiliar and extraordinary future?
Rating: Mild+. Mild kissing; mild sensuality.
I enjoyed this peek into the lives of the inhabitants of post-WWII Bellemont, Wyoming. I have a fascination for this era in history, and the book stayed true to the 1940s feel, although introducing some modern themes. At first I felt like there were a lot of characters to keep track of–and there were–but it got easier as the book went on. Some of the conflict seemed trivial and able to be worked about by a quick talk by the characters involved, but the book still held my attention to the end. Maybe we’ll hear more from the Larsen clan in the future!