I’ve posted before about my love for the writing of Richard Peck. Most of his stories take place in the midwest, Illinois and Indiana being a common settings. I’m from a midwestern state myself and personalities of his characters seem very genuine to me. I love that even tiny towns can have big characters in his stories, something that may not make sense to someone who grew up in a more urban area.
Tilley is telling the story that starts in 1861, though one of her grandsons is telling the framing story that the book starts with. I like Tilly already, and I hope to find a good twin quote from her, as she has a twin brother – just as I do. Cass is her younger sister and she has some sort of clairvoyance, but I need to read more Of the story before I can tell you any more about it.
Comments after completing the book: I don’t know if I can explain how much I loved this story. I am always amazed at how well Peck is able to draw me into his stories.
Tilly isn’t the most eloquent speaker, but she’s a country girl and her words hold truth. Tilly’s story led me where I expected, to the early battles of the Civil War, but it also took me far beyond. Tilly’s story is also Delphine’s story, and Delphine’s story is a complex and often overlooked part of American history. I don’t want to give the story away; if I’ve intrigued you enough, you’ll read the book.