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A Kansas Notable Book of the Year, 2018

Andrew Carnegie funded 59 public libraries in Kansas in the early 20th century, but it was frontier women who organized waffle suppers, minstrel shows, and women's baseball games to buy books to fill them. Now, a century later, Angelina returns to her father's hometown of New Hope to complete her dissertation on the Carnegie libraries just as Traci and Gayle arrive in town.Traci is an artist-in-residence at the renovated Carnegie Arts Center and Gayle is a refugee whose neighboring town, Prairie Hill, has just been destroyed by a tornado. 

The discovery of an old journal inspires the women to create a library and arts center as the first act of rebuilding Prairie Hill after the tornado. As they work together to raise money for the center, Traci reveals her enormous heart, Angelina discovers that problem-solving is more valuable than her PhD, and Gayle demonstrates that courage is not about waiting out a storm but building a future. 

Full of Kansas history - from pioneer homesteaders to Carrie Nation to orphan trains - To the Stars Through Difficulties is a contemporary story of women changing their world and finding their own voices, powers, and self-esteem in the process.

©2017 Romalyn Tilghman (P)2019 Romalyn Tilghman

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A fun journey

This book took me on a fun and enlightening journey through kanas. Anyone who’s a history buff as myself found interesting tidbits. Don’t want to give anything away but really enjoyed the twist and it’s easy to fall in love with the characters. A great read!