I was intrigued by this book from the beginning because of the time frame and setting. I have always been fascinated with the "pioneer days"/Little House on the Praire times. This is truly the story of a couple. I thought it was a good read. The end just happened though...like it could keep going. And, it should. This book was written in 1999 and the sequel is just coming out this fall. It definitely leaves you hanging, so I recommend the sequel before I even read it! :)
After seventeen-year-old Julie Harmon marries Hank Richards, their new life in the valley of Gap Creek - in the last years of the nineteenth century - becomes more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it's hard to tell what to fear most - the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their lives. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappoints and triumphs of their marriage make Gap Creek a timeless story. Julie and Hank discover that the modern world is complex and that it grinds on without pause or concern for their hard work. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay.