Popular Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek continues the story of a Swedish immigrant family in Prairie Bloomin', (formerly titled Prarieblomman) the second book in the Butter in the Well series. Homesteading the Kansas prairie in 1869, Prairie Bloomin' features the diary of young Alma Swenson, as she grows up on the Kansas prairie that her parents homesteaded. Hubalek grew up in this same house, researching the land and family that lived on the farm before her.
Caring for her family on their mid-20th-century tobacco farm after the loss of her parents, 15-year-old Ivy connects with Grace County social worker Jane, who strains her personal and professional relationships with her advocacy of Ivy's family, whose dark secrets test Jane's resolve against racial tensions and state-mandated sterilizations.
A lovely history book (even for people who don't usually read history books) about a number of famous historic women, and how traditional history has misrepresented their lives.
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