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This is a well written story about a young woman, Liddie who was born on a farm in Iowa at the turn of the 20ieth century. She longs to be anywhere but on the farm. Her aunt works in the city and is involved in women’s suffrage and brings stories to Liddie about what might be if women get the vote. Liddie also has a talent for sewing and she hopes to work as a seamstress creating beautiful dresses. An opportunity arises for her to apprentice with a dressmaker and she is set to go but the actions of her sister ruin her chances. Then her father dies and it seems that Liddie will be stuck on the farm forever.
Fortunately her mother realizes that Liddie will never love the peaceful life until she gets the wanderlust out of her system. So after the funeral as the family readjusts with their long time hand leaving to pursue his own dreams and her brother getting set to marry her mother feels that perhaps it might be time for Liddie to go into town to experience the life she wants to lead. So Liddie packs her suitcase, gets a room in a boarding house and starts her apprenticeship. Is it all she wanted it to be?
I thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age tale of a young woman running head long into her future. Being a young lady she, of course knows everything. She makes new friends in the city and learns that not all young men can be trusted. I felt myself quite engrossed in the story and found it very hard to put down. It wasn’t all sweetness and light and Liddie learns some hard lessons as she grows up. Ms. Bodensteiner has a very strong feel for the era and its mores and I would love to follow the characters further.
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