The third book in the Big Stone Gap series does not disappoint. Small town pharmacist Ave Maria MacChesney narrates the series in a way that makes the reader want to go homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ave’s mother immigrated to America from Italy when Ave herself was in utero. She grew up unaware of all the family connections she had there but as an adult does not waste time getting to know her extended family.
This book is rich with details about the Italian Alps and how the inhabitants there survive. In addition this book in particular focused on the mother/daughter dynamic between Ave Maria and her adolescent daughter Etta. I have a daughter myself and found myself getting caught up in how precious a thing a daughter really is. The first two books in the series are Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler. Enjoy!
Review Submitted by: Lu Emerson