Thank to Melissa Wiley at the Bonny Glen for recommending this one. I really enjoyed it and don’t have much to add to her remarks. She says it all so much better.
Of course I can’t help but add a few comments of my own, though.
I know Lissa mentioned that it’s set in 1890’s Texas on a pecan farm. And yet somehow that detail of setting didn’t exactly sink in. Probably because usually setting isn’t a priority for me. And yet with this book, while I’d have enjoyed it almost as much had it been set in Alabama or Montana or anywhere else, the fact that is was in my native Texas did add a little extra to my enchantment. I loved the fact that her brothers are all named after prominent figures in Texas history. I so sympathized with the opening descriptions of the family’s attempts to beat the summer heat. I grew up with the luxury of air conditioning; but I spent much time pondering how on earth people managed before that blessed invention. They were really made of sterner stuff.
Calpurnia is a delightful heroine. One of the most engaging and lovable characters I’ve met in a long time. I think I’d have loved her as a girl. I know that as an adult, I really appreciate the nature study in the novel, the fascination with the natural world that grows and grows and takes on a sort of life of its own.
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