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Difficult to get into, but became better as the book progressed
on July 18, 2015
This book was a challenge to get into because the writing is very unconventional, purposely wrought with misspellings. However, as Ivy grew and received more education, her writing improved. I put the book down on my first attempt because it just didn't pique my interest, but I gave it another try and once I got past the first 50 or so pages, it became better. I loved Ivy's stories, particularly her difficult life as a child in Sugar Fork, and enjoyed her improved conditions in Majestic and Diamond. The characters of the sisters were well-developed, but some of the townsfolk and extended family were a bit hard to follow. I often wondered "who is this?" as character re-emerged later in the book. This book is written such that it is not a quick or easy read, but it comes full circle in showing us the simple life of a mountain woman and her family.