Times are hard in 1893. In the midst of an economic depression, Jacob Hirsch loses his job with the banking industry. Desperate for work, the widower rides the rails west from Chicago with his four-year-old daughter, Cassie. When illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the communal Amana Society settled there rallies around the newcomers. Liesel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health while the Homestead elders offer Jacob work. But when the elders recognize Jacob’s interest in the engaged Liesel, they ask him to leave the colony. Will Jacob choose to stay in the only place that’s felt like home—if it means he must give up the woman he’s come to love?
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I really loved this book. I hadn't heard of the Amana Religious community before but would love a place like that. They care for each other and share everything. This book takes place during one of the wall street crashes and at a time when living in the city is dangerous. Jacob is looking after his daughter and they end up in the Amana community when Cassie is very sick. Liesel helps nurse Cassie and its interesting seeing how the 2 interact. I loved this book and learning about the community. Great book one of my favourites so far.