Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Age Recommended: 13 and up
I’m honestly so surprised that I haven’t reviewed this book yet because it’s one of my absolute favorites. I bought this book at the age of twelve (I know the age recommendation is a tad hypocritical) and I have re-read it several times since because there are so many valuable life lessons to learn from it!
Hattie has spent the better part of her first 16 years moving from family to family but tired of never having a home, she decides to move to her uncle’s homestead to try and find a forever home. However, what she doesn’t know is that all her uncle’s left her is a small house, some uncultivated farmland, and a mountain of debt.
After having some rattling run-ins with the people in town, Hattie meets the matronly woman, Perilee, who lives next to her with her family, and is overjoyed to find that she’s incredibly kind and generous. Perilee helps Hattie get settled in and begins to teach her the ropes of owning a farm. Hattie quickly learns the lessons necessary to fix up her land and is ready to make the house her home once all of the debt is paid off.
However, increasing anti-German sentiment during wartime, and a plague that’s tearing apart a bunch of families, may bring another twist to Hattie’s life- one that she may not be able to recover from.
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