My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This is a well written and enjoyable memoir of a family that moved lock stock and barrel from the Eastern US (Washington DC area) to Montana. Nancy Quinn tells the story in sweet anecdotes and in a journal keeping form. It was lovely to see a family removed from their former creature comforts and start life in the mountain, with the cold, ice, and the wildlife.
Once you have read this book, you realize that you can truly admire the pioneer spirit of this family. Their willingness to learn how to handle every new situation (and problem) they faced. Facing challenges with livestock decisions and just the rural setting and the dangers that are innately there. I admired her freedom and her willingness to homeschool, to get the children additional training when they wanted to learn to ride horses, and just their freedom and willingness in general.
This is done with a gentleness that is so lovely to read about. Nancy has a lively sense of humor that laces each chapter. She has litanies that carry her through. I am a woman with litanies, so I appreciate them in others.
Reading about the family making friends in a lightly populated area was a testament to their desire to fit in and thrive in a new environment.
I recommend this to anyone that wants to set out in a new direction, or has ever set out in a new direction. Mrs. Quinn allows you to get to know her friends, business associates, Kobi, Wilson, and her family in a very open manner. It is a fun, educational, and enjoyable read appropriate for any age. Children will love the animals and the poop stories especially. Not that there are a lot of them, just enough to make you laugh.