Snelling's latest novel enchantingly follow the lives of three women. The gentle pace and writing style draw the reader into the story. Details of Nilda's life in 1906 North Dakota serve as an ideal counterpoint to Ragni's present-day, fast-paced world.
The relationship between Ragni and
Erika is realistically portrayed, but
Ragni's romantic connection with Paul
is forged improbably swiftly.

Ragni Clauson's beloved father is suffering from dementia, her advertising job is falling apart and her latest love relationship is no more. Ragni reluctantly agrees to help her mother by fixing up her great-grandmother's cabin in North Dakota. Her rebellious teenage niece, Erika, joins her on the trip.

They find the cabin almost in ruins, but the discovery of some paintings by Ragni's great-grandmother, Nilda, inspires them to move forward with the project. Ragni and Erika meet their neighbor Paul, and discover long-forgotten things about themselves as they learn more about Nilda's life. (WATERBROOK, Sep., 400 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel