“Our kids, my, my, Gracie” laughed Bud. “Where did we go wrong? One marries God, another a Jew and the last one, the devil!”
Texas, 1951. The
Wolanskys—Grace, Bud and their three grown children—are a close-knit clan,
deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly
farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise.
But under the surface,
it’s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and unnamed fears,
calmed only by practicing a secret obsession. Their son Andy has said no to
becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, has fallen in love with a big-city
Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an
abusive, alcoholic husband. Even “perfect” daughter Angela’s decision to become
a nun unleashes consequences no one could foresee.
And then Ceil Dollard
breezes into town.
sophisticated, irrepressible—is like a visitor from Mars. She’s a modern woman.
She drives a car and wears pants. She blows away tradition and certainty,
forcing Grace to face her fears and brave a changing world. Through Ceil, Grace
learns about courage and pleasure—but at the risk of losing Bud.
sparkling, richly human novel takes you back to a time when Ike was president
and life was slower, but people were the same as now. You’ll encounter a cast
of characters storm-tossed by change, held together by love. Written with
compassion, humor and suspense, will charm you, warm you and even squeeze a
few tears, from its opening number to the last waltz.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! - Family Saga Full of Drama and
Don’t start this book before bedtime or you’ll
be late to work! I love family sagas and this one swept me along. It’s about
Grace, a warm, creative woman strong for her family but out of touch with her
own needs. The place is rural Texas and the time is the fifties, when women
were still trapped as homemakers. The family is Catholic and Grace’s daughters
have their own struggles. Angela is unsure if she should become a nun and
Regina has to decide if she’ll divorce her abusive husband. Grace herself is a
talented artist who has never realized her potential. She develops a close bond
with Ceil, a sophisticated transplant from LA who blows into the life of Grace
and her family like a powerful wind. In the end, everything turn s out but nothing
is the same. A great read!