The sad story of a freezing-cold orphan looking out the window at his rich benefactors on Christmas Eve started me off with Horatio-Alger expectations for this book. But I quickly got pulled into a completely different world--the complex five-character braid that the plot weaves. The three men and two women characters are so alive I felt I could walk up and start talking to any one of them, and I'd love to have lunch with Henry. Then the plot quickly turned sinister enough to keep me turning the pages. Class is set against class, poor and rich struggle for happiness and security, yet it is love all but one of them are hungry for. ......Where does love come from? What do you do about it? The story kept me going, and gave me hope. For a little bonus, there are Thompson's delightful observations, like: "You'd never know we could make something this good out of the milk from an animal who eats hats." A really good read! Kay in Seattle
She paints vivid word pictures such that I could smell the ocean and hear the doves. Then there are the stories within a story that twist and turn until they all come together in the end. I really had a hard time putting it down. Five stars aren't enough! M.R. Williams
From the Author
This is another one of my books that came to me in one image. It was of a young woman sketching on the lawn at a beach house and the young man who watches her from his bedroom window. We were on vacation in Oregon when I woke to it. I scrambled from bed and wrote that paragraph. The rest of the book just fell into place from there.
I love to write historical fiction, particularly about the period between 1910 and 1950. Those generation endured so much: two world wars, a depression, the changing roles of women. It all fascinates me. For the generation who lived through the wars, I'm humbled by the bravery of the men who went off to war and the women who stayed behind to worry and keep the home fires burning.