Three women, united by love and kinship, struggle to conform to the social norms of the times in which they live.
In 1931 Katherine Henderson leaves behind her small town in Kansas and the marriage proposal of a local boy to live on her own and work at the Sears & Roebuck glove counter in Chicago. There she meets Annie - a bold, outspoken feminist who challenges Katherine's idea of who she thinks she is and what she thinks she wants in life.
In 1997 Katherine's daughter, Joan, travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to clean out her estranged mother's house. Hidden away in an old suitcase, she finds a wooden box containing trinkets and a packet of sealed letters to a person identified only by a first initial.
Joan reads the unsent letters and discovers a woman completely different from the aloof and unyielding mother of her youth - a woman who had loved deeply and lost that love to circumstances beyond her control. Now she just has to find the strength to use the healing power of empathy and forgiveness to live the life she's always wanted to live.
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good idea not a good execution
The narrator has a pleasant reading voice, so I chose to buy the audio book. At two occasions I got confused as to who was talking at the time because she didn't quite get the shift. But then, I didn't make it past chapter 5. The storyline intrigued me and I believe the author might actually have delivered what I expected from the summary. Writers have a vast number of words and expressions at their disposal. Alas, Sandra Moran never ventured into the beautiful world of "gasped", "whispered", "swore", "inquired"... (you're catching my drift) but stuck to "said" and "asked". It felt as if I tried to take the scenic route through a beautiful landscape but took the bumpiest road resembling an obstacle course driving a car without suspension. Maybe at some point I'll try the print version so I can ignore the bumpiness and still find out what happened to Joan and Kate. 'Cause I really want to know.