IT HAS TAKEN ME DAYS TO BEGIN TO WRITE THIS REVIEW. I GUESS THIS BOOK JUST DIDN’T GRAB ME LIKE I THOUGHT IT WOULD. THERE WERE JUST SO MANY SECRETS KEPT IN THIS PRAIRIE FAMILY! I’M STILL NOT SURE IF THE FATHER IN THE STORY ACTUALLY FATHERED ANY OF HIS CHILDREN – SO MUCH INFIDELITY AND PROMISCUITY IN SUCH A SMALL TOWN. HE WAS SO DIFFICULT AND HARD ON OTHERS – IT IS A WONDER ANY WOMAN WANTED TO BE WITH HIM!
HE SENT HIS “DAUGHTERS” AWAY AFTER THE DEATH OF THEIR BROTHER IN A FIRE AND THE SUBSEQUENT DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER. AT EIGHT AND THREE YEARS OF AGE THEY TRAVELED HUNDREDS OF MILES BY TRAIN ALONE TO LIVE WITH THEIR UNCLES WHO DID THE BEST THEY COULD TO RAISE THE GIRLS. BUT THEY WERE TOO OLD AND EVENTUALLY PAPA HAD TO BRING THE GIRLS HOME. THIS IS WHEN BLINNY BEGAN TO UNCOVER THE SECRETS THE FAMILY HAD HIDDEN SO WELL. SHE HAD BEEN TOO YOUNG AND NAIVE TO REALIZE WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE TIME BUT AS SHE MATURED, SHE BEGAN TO SEE THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE FIT TOGETHER.
SHE AND HER SISTER, WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH TOGETHER, FINALLY BEGIN TO COME TO TERMS WITH EACH OTHER, THEIR FAMILY, THEIR SECRETS AND THEIR ROAD TO THE FUTURE.
In May of 1935, Blinny Platt’s homestead shack burns to the ground forever leaving her family asunder, scattering them like the embers flew on the Montana wind. She was only eight-years-old, sent away and in charge of her little sister. She could handle that because Platts take care of Platts.
However, it is the hidden secrets of her parents smoldering beneath the charred remains that haunts Blinny until 1982. She once again leaves the home place to build a house for herself. As the foundation is poured and the walls go up, each of the hurtful memories are uncovered. Finally the mystery, left in the ashes of the burned home, is revealed. How could her mother do what she did?
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