This started out as a book about 16 women who leave behind their homes and move across country because of a promise of a new start in a small town in Nebraska. It takes place shortly after the Civil War and many of the women are widows who have many different and unusual circumstances that have made them decide to take this journey. Don't get discouraged thinking you can't possibly keep track of all these women in the story, because you will soon be narrowing it down to a more managable number.
I usually read books with fewer main characters, but did enjoy the wide variety of ladies in this story and how I grew to like each one of them. I loved Zita's words of wisdom and her spunk even though she was the oldest of them all. I enjoyed watching Caroline and Ruth break out of their "proper" way of doing things and loosen up into ladies who could fall in love with men much different than they ever imagined. And dear Ella, what a trooper! Then there was Saly and Hettie, but you really need to read the book and get to know them all.
A special thanks to Library Thing Early Reviewers for sending me this book to review.