I didn’t want this book to end because I had fallen hard for these characters. Times were hard in the Appalachian Hills of Kentucky, at the turn of the century, but as I turned the pages of this book, I wanted/needed Bertie to get a break.
Bertie and Timmy liked to play hide-and-go-seek together until the day, little Timmy wedged himself into a tight spot and couldn’t get out. Every day, Bertie is haunted by that day when her brother Timmy died. As if that wasn’t enough, her mother now has basically, given-up-on-life and her father is a drunk who comes and goes as he please. Add to that, four siblings and you have a lot of responsibility and no adult in charge.
In walks, tired Bertie.
She’s 15 now, and if
helping running the homestead wasn’t enough to
tire her out, add a new neighbor to her busy life, who doesn’t know what Bertie
is actually experiencing. I wanted to
give Bertie a break but the situations for Bertie were on a downward spiral. When
would they stop?
When her older brothers start to come up with a plan, I started to have hope, I really did. Life is hard as the family moves about and tries to make the best of the situation. The highs and the lows kept me going and I loved this family. Oh, Bertie! You knew you had to be strong, you hid your feelings but I knew how you felt. What a fantastic book!