Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions in favor of the joys of a simple life—and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she's come to care for to pursue her high-society dreams?
My review: I really enjoyed reading this book! I liked Kate, I liked that she was strong, and independent. I loved the fact that she would rather work and be seen as middle class than live off of her relatives and be the poor relation that was always around. I also loved the way she was so naive when Mr Colaco, Alonzo, offered her a job. She never asked any questions about where he lived or his situation really and ended up living in the woods in an old train car. I loved how she was able to adapt to her situation so quickly and end up loving the family and situation more than she ever would have imagined.
I was kind of surprised by the number of prejudices that were evidenced at the time period in which the book takes place. It seems as though someone is always looking down on someone else, whether for working, for being Chinese, or for being Gypsies. It's crazy just how many prejudices there have been and I'm sure there are still out there in the world.
Mr. Colaco and his children Lilia and Tony are adorable. I loved the way they were brought to life in the story, I would have loved to have known just what Alonzo was thinking, especially during some of the later parts of the book. Speaking of which, I loved the ending, so cute and so satisfying!
This is a cute, clean book that you'll enjoy reading! I know I did!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Kristen Garner McKendry began writing in her teens, and her work has been published in Canada and the U.S. She received a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader. Kristen has a strong interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental issues. A native of Utah and mother of three, she now resides with her family in Canada.
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