"A vivid slice of Americana. Most touching are Orman Willey's efforts to wed his first, and only, love during tumultuous World War II. Cleanly written, with detail in just the right passages; an easy, relaxing read that may inspire us to do as the author did--sit down with our parents to talk." -Reader review from Amazon
"Anyone from that time and place has a similar tale. The loss of these stories becomes a loss of who we are as a country and a people. Marlene has saved a part of South Dakota history in sharing Orman Willey's story." Reader review from Amazon
"Dusty Boots gives the reader a view into a past (some might say, simpler) time, when written communication took days or weeks, and cowboys were 'chapped' or fired for using strong language." -Reader review from Amazon
From the Author
Along my journey with Dad to his yesteryears, spending time with him to write this book, I found an unexpected gift. Now, I know him before he was my dad. I know the boy who became a young man who became my father. Dad's old stories have more than one-liners; they have details. Now, old family photos have more than captions; they have whole stories.