By: Ivan Doig
Rated: 4 Stars
I guess I need to remind myself more often that I don't like Westerns because I really enjoyed this book. It's a coming of age/Little House on the Prairie/My Antonia kind of book with a little twist at the end. It's also a peek into rural life in Montana 100 years ago and a nostalgic look back at the one room school houses of the time.
My one mild complaint is that while Doig does an excellent job of describing time and place his attempt at adding a couple rascals into the story came off as far fetched. Still it is a book of fiction after all and while I rolled my eyes a little I still enjoyed the book.
When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular".