"In this historical novel, Sharp (The Duke Don't Dance, 2012) presents a frontier family... on the eve of the Civil War. Set mostly in the cellar of a homesteading house in the Platte Purchase in Missouri... [The cellar] has become a place of congregation and mystery where the family swaps stories and legends, including tales of bodies buried behind its walls...when Sharp writes in fully developed scenes, the writing shines. "
"[A] poignant story of survival... Sometimes funny and sometimes sad, it brings the reader to a household that lives [through the Civil War] with its own share of adventure, romance, happiness and tragedy... that will certainly grip the reader's attention." (Maria Beltran)
"[A] well-written and totally absorbing story of a family... through the difficult decades of the 1800's. The characters, both leading and secondary, are well-created and totally believable. I felt as if I knew them personally... The conclusion is not to be missed. Wow!" (Alice DiNizio)