Acquired via BookCrossing 20 Apr 2008 – from the book table at the Convention

The compelling tale of Carol, orphaned in her teens, who ends up the doctor’s wife in a small town in Minnesota, desperate to improve it and herself. But this is a small community in the early years of the 20th century, and Carol is given several examples of what happens if you go against the community and fight your place in it. Will she buckle down, have an affair, run off… or any combination of these?

Proper old-fashioned good writing and a sense of Carol’s and the town’s place in the mores of the time make this a good and fulfilling read.