But her new husband falls far short of his promise, and putting aside all she has previously believed about steadfastness and endurance, Lili abandons her marriage to make her own way in the notorious wide-open mining town of Butte. In desperation, unable to find more suitable work, she revives a long-dormant talent and takes a job singing in a hurdy-gurdy house, much to the consternation of two men who love her - mine lawyer Charles Weatherby and union organizer Tom Hawes. Lili feels loyalty to each of them and her integrity is severely tested.
After suffering near disgrace, a mine disaster, and a crisis in the integrity of her chosen career, Lili comes to terms with her fear of another disastrous commitment and her desire to belong somewhere - to someone.
I did not particularly enjoy this book. I found the character development weak and predictable and the story line somewhat clouded by stereotyping. I managed to stay with it to the end but more out of perseverance than engagement.
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What did you love best about Sweet Grass?
The reader did an excellent job with Swedish accents and in differentiating between the male characters.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Lily, the heroine, managed to survive some tough circumstances, yet in taking care of herself, also managed to care for others. A remarkable woman.
Which scene was your favorite?
The final scene.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not necessarily moving, but good - the scene where Harmond's indiscretion is revealed to his wife.
Any additional comments?
Really enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. Great writing and great performance. Don't miss this book.
This is one of the books I had a hard time putting down, thus, I stayed up listening until 4 a.m. the first night.
I loved the sweet story, and tender romance in the book. The narration was excellent. Laurie Klein was able to perform multiple accents, from Swedish American, Norwegian American, Hispanic, Irish, etc with ease.
I'd highly recommend.