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“A Cup of Dust” and “A Trail of Crumbs” by Susie Finkbeiner

“A Cup of Dust” and “A Trail of Crumbs” are two books written by Susie Finkbeiner.  Her stories take place during the Great Depression as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl.  The writing was so descriptive that I could almost taste the dust and grit in my own mouth as I read.  The depiction of life in Oklahoma, in the middle of the Dust Bowl, was heartbreaking.  Farmers became destitute…no food, no money, no hope.  Businesses closed down, no one had money to purchase anything.  You could only barter so much.  Many pulled up stakes and headed west to greener pastures.

Pearl Spence and her family lived in Red River, Oklahoma, where her father was the sheriff.  Pearl was a normal little girl, not particularly interested in doing girly things, but more interested in climbing trees and getting dirty, which was not hard to do with dust blowing all the time.   Keeping house during this time was a waste of good energy because as soon as you swept it up, it just came in under the doors and through the cracks in the window frames.  Pearl was mostly a happy girl with a best friend in Ray Jones.  Ray and Pearl did lots of things together, and got into trouble together too.

I loved these stories.  They were written in the vernacular of the time and the expressions used were reminiscent of life in the country.  The accounts of life in the dust made me appreciate the life we live now.  No one knows how hard life and living was in the ‘30s.  Fortunes made were fast dispensed as the laws of nature dealt a harsh blow to the midland.


“Caroline’s Secret” by Amy Lillard

“Caroline’s Secret” by Amy Lillard is a good story about a Swartzentruber Amish woman from Tennessee who harbors a secret.  She has left her family and come to Wells Landing, Oklahoma where she is thought to be a young Amish widow with a delightful little girl.  Emma takes her in to work at her bakery and gives her a room to live in.  Caroline is becoming very happy in her new surroundings.  There is a Beachy Amish community near the town and Caroline has become part of it.  She has two friends and they meet for lunch in the park every afternoon.

Andrew Fitch has come from Missouri to help his Uncle Abe, a cabinet maker, who is a little eccentric, but whose furniture is much sought after.  Andrew is trying to overcome the loss of his Beth and is not looking to be involved with anyone.  However he can’t help but be smitten with Caroline and loves her little girl.  The course of true love never runs smoothly though and Caroline’s past comes to haunt her.

Ms. Lillard has written a very warm and comfortable novel.  It is easy to read and keeps one interested throughout.  I enjoyed this novel for the heartwarming story it tells.  I would recommend this book.

I was sent a free print copy of this book by NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.