Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The year is 1987 and the Matriarch of the Homeplace has just died. In her will she stipulates that if any of the four children want a claim to the family home and land, they must return to live at the homeplace for two years. Three of the four grown children must make major life changes to return home, while one sibling and his family remained to live and farm the land. Everyone must adjust to a new way of life at the homeplace. The question is, will they all get along?
Smith, the author, includes daily news and informational quips, like celebrity birthdays at the beginning of each chapter. Each chapter starts with the date and time of day so you know exactly what is going on in the world at the time the character are experiencing it. His story includes major issues like the AIDS virus and the fear it raised in people in the 1980's. He tackles teenage issues and adult problems and even managed to shock me with one of his story lines.
Unfortunately I thought the book didn't end. I felt incomplete as I turned the last page and wondered where the end of the story went to. Sometimes I like my book packaged neatly with a bow and this had tape all over it. The next book in the series comes out in Spring 2011.