This story revolves around Emmaline Nelson (Emmy) a young woman coming of age in the 1950s in rural Minnesota. Emmy’s life has always been strictly controlled by her parents, especially her mother. She knows what is expected of her including who she is to marry and where she will live. She doesn’t question it until she is approaching her 18th birthday and graduation from high school. One night she goes out with some friends and the freedom she feels starts a change in her. She tries to ignore it until she realizes what her “fiancé” is really like. Emmy then finds the courage to break her engagement, move out of the house, get a job and make her own decisions.
With Emmy’s growing independence, is her growing knowledge of what is going on around her; racism, alcoholism, politics, murder and abuse just to name a few. This book has danger, mystery and a lovable heroine. I really enjoyed it.