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Mary Pearl Prine reluctantly agrees to record her grandmother’s memoirs. When she’s done, they just seem like a jumble of rambling thoughts with no connection. She agrees to keep them safe and totes them with her to Wheaton College, determined to become an accomplished artist and refined lady that her family and sudden fiance can be proud of.
Wheaton College is nothing like the Arizona Territory. Mary Pearl can shoot a rattlesnake, lasso a stray calf, and win a horserace. But none of these skills help her fit into her new surroundings. When she discovers photography, she is enthralled and becomes determined to capture the world as she sees it.
When fate steps in and backslaps her into next Tuesday, Mary Pearl must readjust her priorities, and build her dreams on quicksand. Personal trauma and family tragedy call her home, and her talent with a camera brings unexpected blessings. She begins to see the gems of wisdom hidden in her grandmother’s memoirs.
Mary Pearl’s unique voice, wry observations and inner grit will captivate readers.
Nancy E. Turner is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction, and this new book does not disappoint. It is filled with all of the grit and pathos I have come to expect.