When a young oil rig widow escapes her grief and the Texas Dust Bowl, she discovers a surprising future—and new passion—awaiting her in California in this lyrically written romance by the author of Sing for Me.
Newly married to her childhood sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Ruth Warren is settling into life in a Depression-era, East Texas oil town. She’s making a home when she learns that her young husband, Charlie, has been killed in an oil rig accident. Ruth is devastated, but then gets a chance for a fresh start: a scholarship from a college in Pasadena, CA. Ruth decides to take a risk and travel west, to pursue her one remaining dream to become a teacher.
At college Ruth tries to fit into campus life, but her grief holds her back. When she spends Christmas with some old family friends, she meets the striking and compelling Thomas Everly, whose own losses and struggles have instilled in him a commitment to social justice, and led him to work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in a camp just east of Los Angeles. With Thomas, Ruth sees another side of town, and another side of current events: the forced deportation of Mexican migrant workers due to the Repatriation Act put into place during President Herbert Hoover’s administration.
After Ruth is forced to leave school, she goes to visit Thomas and sees that he has cobbled together a night school for the farmworkers’ children. Ruth begins to work with the children, and establishes deep friendships with people in the camp. When the camp is raided and the workers and their families are rounded up and shipped back to Mexico, Ruth and Thomas decide to take a stand for the workers’ rights—all while promising to love and cherish one another.
Broken Ground will take you on an adventure of life, life, harsh times and pursuing life during difficult seasons. You will laugh, cry and cheer on Ruth through the entire story as you watch her develop as a person and character. When I say this book is worth putting on your summer reading list, I mean it! This book is for every single woman who has ever lost something, has been looking to reach her goals and is determined to find the best in life. It's a book that will have you cheering for the fighter in all of us with its compelling story line and honesty. While I could give tons of spoilers about stuff Ruth encounters with a professor or her childhood first love or Thomas, another man, I think it's best if you dig in for yourself and grab a copy of this book. Add it to your summer reading list and you will thank me! This book will give you a new perspective on facing your problems instead of running away from them, or at least it did for me and the ending.. Well, just read the book.
Thank you to Howard Publishing for providing me a copy for review purposes. I give this book 5/5 stars for my honest review. I was not compensated for a positive review.