Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner takes us back to the early 1900′s and into the life of Liddie Treadwell, an Iowan farm girl. Liddie wants more from life than the same old hum drum happenings of farm life, teaching, or marriage. She dreams of a career doing what she loves – sewing, and her dreams are almost within her grasp when her older sister suddenly has to leave the farm which means Liddie must stay and help instead.
Luckily Liddie’s family knows how important it is for Liddie to realize her dream and she leaves the farm and secures a job as a seamstress. Liddie revels in her freedom and is amazed that she is getting paid money to do what she loves. She later meets Thomas who awakens in her a love of photography and she considers making a life with him despite not loving him in order to realize even more of dreams. Taking a trip home though takes her back in time and has her longing for the simple life of the farm and a man named Joe. Liddie has a decision – go with Thomas and live the life of adventure she craves or stay with Joe, the man who makes her heart pound.
Go Away Home is an excellent portrayal of life back in the early 1900′s. It made me think of my grandmother as she was just beginning a marriage and life on the farm at the same time as Liddie. Liddie was a wonderful character. At a time in history when women were made to accept being only housewives or teachers she dared to be different and want more for herself. She realized the high level of inequality between men and women and wanted that to change. At the same time she had a deep love for family, friendship, and the farm that she grew up on.
Go Away Home will tug at your heart and leave you feeling enriched for having read it. For fans of historical fiction who enjoy stories of early farm life and the love of family Go Away Home is a beautiful story that definitely fits the bill! Recommended!
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