Image of Where Willows Grow


Image of Where Willows Grow

Sawyer's villain in this Depression-era story is likable and draws reader sympathy initially. The story is well written and Sawyer's style is inviting, seemingly historically accurate. However, the pacing could have been increased as well as the tension had the villain's interference not been so successful for so long.

Anna Mae and Harley Phipps are having a hard time holding their family together thanks to a drought that plagues Kansas. When Harley makes some decisions without consulting Anna, a rift forms in their relationship, one that doesn't have time to heal as Harley leaves for work miles away. Though their parting is one of anger and miscommunication, Anna can't worry about that. She has chores to do and children to care for. Until her neighbor -- and childhood sweetheart -- Jack Berkley shows up to lend a hand. His subtle hints about Harley seem to chip away at Anna's trust. Will she think Harley is gone for good and turn to Jack, or will she hold on to the love she and Harley once shared? (Bethany House, Apr., 352 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston