A long-time fan of Melody Carlson’s work, this series was a delightful find for me. Who wouldn’t want to be more like Anna, the protagonist throughout the series? Like all beautifully written and developed characters in a story, there is usually a little of us in each of them. We can be stubborn, but brilliant like Sarah, willful, but with a good heart underneath like Lauren and so on throughout the series. But Anna and her wonderful husband, Clark, and mother in law, Hazel set encouraging examples of how we could be, how we want to be, deep inside. Not perfect,but good people who make a difference.
I love how the author wove so much Native American history, the science of nature, and the love and wisdom our Our Heavenly Father throughout. Carlson managed to do all this without sounding like a lecture or preachy in any way. Her wisdom flowed throughout this series as naturally as the river flows.
I was sad to finish the series, but will read on with her other works, yet unread by me. Thankfully Carlson is as prolific as she is talented.