I have read other book about the Pack Horse librarians. Was expecting about the same. No it's not.Alice a young English bride put down in the Kentucky's beautiful mountains hurt,confused,and push around by a overbearing father in law that you want to hate.. If he walked in the room you would want to slap him. JoJo brings him to life But then you see the strength that Alice has. The love and friendship that grows with the other girls their support for each other. Thrown in are some surprises. Always the stories of the mountain people and their ways are very interesting to read about.JoJo writes so well that you can feel the snow and cold on the mountain There is a court trial a new baby. And it take to the end to settle just how that verdict was bought to pass. No spoilers. Still pondering.Well written. Hope you take the time to read a little history,integer.adventure and love of friends.