Emily’s mother died in labor, and for the next eighteen years, Emily has grown up on her grandfather’s farm. Although she’s surrounded by family, she’s utterly alone, with a group of men who don’t appreciate her and take advantage of her.
Her abusive and horrible life, and a terrible accident force her to run away to San Francisco with hopeful dreams of a new life. But things aren’t as perfect and dreamy as she hopes. Life in the city is like life back in the farm – filled with people just waiting to take advantage of her.
But as she picks up the pieces of her fractured past, determined to build a new future, she fights for control of her mind and her memories, trying to understand her role in the grown-up world surrounding her and the stirrings of an adult romance in her heart.
From the very beginning of the book, I got a good sense of the characters presented. They were full of personality and easy to either love or hate. I especially liked Emily and her stubbornness and determinedness. Janz-Anderson created good, believable drama and threats strong enough to motivate Emily to leave the only place she knew as home, and the only place she shared a connection with the mother she never knew.
I was enjoyed the amount of mystery in the pages of Emily’s story, they keep the reader guessing about what’s going on and who Emily can and can’t trust. Besides the few instances where the vernacular was a bit off and where the narration didn’t match what I believed the character would say, I enjoyed the story Janz-Anderson told.
Rating: If you like character-driven stories and drama’s set in the late fifties, then this is for you. Content-wise, I’d rate this around a PG for hinted at events.