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In 1928, Minnie's mother, Nora, arrives at her nursing college after abandoning her a few years ago as a child. What does Nora want?

An unexpected visit to Grandpa and Marie at the Big House offers Minnie shelter and refuge, but no longer the carefree days of her youthful experiences there. She discovers secrets. Shrewd and hidden manipulations of power ensure the survival of the Big House in this small Southern town, where a smile can mask suppressed rage and hostility.

A power struggle ensues between Minnie and Nora, when honor, wealth and influence are risked by young love. Both women will have their say, but only one will prevail.

Guns and violence become the signs of a new era. The 1929 Great Depression explodes, engulfing everyone. Minnie and the family must confront the Depression, as well as threats to the land from those who would rob them.

Driven by her own convictions and courage, Minnie refuses to give in to chaos and fear. While poverty and cruelty surround her, Minnie's spirit, character and hard-won life experience prepare her to survive and keep her values. Will the past and present circumstances overwhelm Minnie, or will she embrace the future and triumph?

©2016 J. Keck (P)2017 J. Keck

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The reader!

I didn't get far in listening to this one. I tried. But the voice of the reader, Carrie Barton, was so weak, so little girl, so not in keeping with someone who had the fortitude to speak throughout this long listen. Her voice grated on me as if it were loud and scratchy and irritating. I've never heard her before, and I can't imagine listening to anything else she reads. Her voice is just ...wrong. For me, anyway. Too bad, I was looking forward to a long long book but I need to find another, with a reader who's got some Southern fire in her voice.