Saturday, May 19, 2007

Where Willows Grow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

About the book: (from

Where Willows Grow -- Life in 1936 Kansas is filled with hardship on the farm--the drought and low produce prices are enough of a challenge without struggling with why God allows hard things to happen to good people. For Anna Mae and Harley Phipps, the biggest challenge is staying united. When Harley makes the decision to trek across Kansas to join a WPA project of building a castle, Anna Mae seethes with resentment. How can he just leave her to run the farm? Then her neighbor--and old beau--Jack Berkley makes himself available to help. Anna Mae must look deep into her soul to find the inner strength to emerge triumphant over the forces that try to pull her heart away from the commitment she's made to love and honor her husband...

As a Kansas native, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read Where Willows Grow by Kim Vogel Sawyer, especially when the book includes references to real places and happenings. Kim includes memorable characters, interesting plot turns, and the resolution at the end was not what I expected.

By the's a picture of the castle that was referenced in the book.