What an interesting book. It could have gone so many ways. It could have been heavy on the romance side as Rachel falls in love with Isaac DuPree and they decide to give their marriage one year. I thought that maybe there would be a litle drama at the year mark, a confession of deep, abiding love. Nope.
There is deep, abiding love in this book, though. Rachel has it for her children. She certainly has it for her husband, who she loved at first sight. But he had it for the ranch.
The ranch in South Dakota always comes first. They are one of the last homesteaders to build an actual wood house because any money coming in is necessarily used to buy more cattle, more property. It works. In this book, Isaac owns over 2500 acres.
But oh, what he loses! His children are not allowed to travel to see family. They essentially wear rags because new clothes are a luxury they do not even consider. The children are even made to sacrifice their education when the ranch needs them. It is sad to watch. You just want to smack that Isaac, especially at the end when Rachel reads a letter and finds out about his plans for their oldest daughter. I’ll give you a hint. It involves land.
At times I was frustrated by Rachel (wasting water on a tea party???), so sad for her following the rainstorm, and proud of her as she made a tough decision at the end.
I hope that Weisgarber writes a follow-up. It certainly lends itself to an additional book. This “personal history” only takes Rachel into her late 30s — she has a lot left to do!