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Immersive, expansive, equisite
on October 9, 2012
If you are looking for a completely compelling, lovely read, this book is it. The story follows several women on a particularly daring journey west. It is just after the Civil War and many women in Manhattan City are left widowed or at a serious loss for eligible men. One enterprising young woman has decided to take matters into her own hands by arranging long-distance courtships between these women and the eager men in the frontier town of Destination, Nebraska. What follows is a tale impossible to put down; McNees weaves history and personality so seamlessly--huge skirts and snoods parade through a tale rich in characters. One detail in the end of the book was so palpable, I could feel it: "[She] felt the bristles of his mustache rustle over the thin cotton of her glove. He rested his cheek on her knuckles, and all the while he kept his eyes on her". Oh. My. God. Can't you just feel it? Little Laura Ingalls never had such a sexy prairie moment in all her pig-tailed days. The tale is told from multiple perspectives with perfect rhythm. I loved her determined Clara, her sweet Elsa, and the conniving Rowena (who is just about as complex as a woman gets--she's very, very real). I have neglected hearth and home to finish this book; I am so sorry to see it's over now. The characters will stay with me for a long, long time. This is where lovers of prairie lore need to turn!!!!!!!!!!!!!