Mattie is just trying to make it all work. Her mom died, her older brother ran away, and she has four younger sisters to take care of. Set in 1906, her sisters and her father live on a farm, trying to make ends meet. She aspires to be a writer, and when she is accepted to college with a full scholarship, it seems like her dream will come true. The only problem is her father. He doesn't want her to be a big, fancy writer, he needs her to stay at home and be another set of hands on the farm. When her teacher Miss Wilcox persists in her going to college, she still dreams of it. The only thing in the way is Royal Loomis, a beautiful farm boy that is being sweet on Mattie. Will she stay with him and give up her dreams? Will money problems drive her to stay at home? Or will she make it to college?
This book is full of unexpected twists. It is especially interesting with the change of plot (going from her memories of life on the farm to her current life as a hotel worker). Another intriguing aspect is the murder that happens at the hotel that gives her a new view on life.
This is a fun, heart-warming, maddening, happy, sad, exciting, cannot-put-it-down book. I give it 5/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting read!!!