Monday, December 5, 2011
May B by Caroline Starr Rose
May didn't want to go. She really really didn't want to go. But every little bit of money would help, and a newly wed couple needed some assistance in their new cabin. So she went on the wagon with her father miles away from home to a new homestead to help the new bride. She thought nothing could be worse. She was wrong...
Schwartz & Wade gave me an ebook of this story to read for review (thank you). They will be publishing the book towards the middle of January, so add it to your TBR list.
I found it easy to relate to May. I grew up in the country with only family around. My only exposure to other people was when we went to church on Sunday.
May does not want to leave home and spend the fall and winter months with the newlyweds. She wants the comfort of her family around her. Her father tells her the money will help pay for their new home they are building. Her mother sends her off with the nicest things she owns, knowing that the new lady will have better looking clothes and shoes since she's just arrived from back east. May appreciates that, but still worries about how life will be in a strange cabin with strange people. She had reason to worry...
The wife rides into town and doesn't return (May suspects she caught a train heading east) and when the mister goes after he, he never returns either. So she's all alone 15 miles from home with limited supplies and her father won't be picking her up until Christmas time. I guess you can't say she's all "alone" because there is a wolf around. That would be enough to scare me to death.
This is a very realistic tale of about how tough life was when the prairies were just beginning to be populated. I could feel May's frustrations and fears.
Why not get yourself a copy of this survival story and see if you think you could do what May did to try to stay alive?