By Jill Caugherty
Four To-Be-Read Piles =
Totally Worthy of Your To-Be-Read Pile!
Reviewer: Red Velvette
After reading Waltz in Swing Time by Jill Caugherty, I wanted to go hug my grandparents. This lovely work is based on the life of the author’s grandmother, and the importance of family is emphasized throughout the book. The chapters flow smoothly between the current situation of the protagonist, as she fights the battles of old age, and her recollections of her youth on a farm in 1930s Utah. The writing style is easy and accessible, the imagery vivid. You can feel the kitchen floor under the protagonist’s knees as she scrubs the wooden floorboards, and you can see the awe-inspiring colors of the desert when she visits Zion for the first time.
Set mainly in the Depression, the book focuses on an important but too-often-overlooked period in our nation’s history. By describing this struggling farm family in rural Utah, the author shares the faces and intimate details of this era. Remembering this time in our history is especially important now as we, as a nation, face yet another crisis.
Caugherty's characters, especially little sister Minnie, are lively, thoroughly enjoyable, and seem so real. You weep for the mother as she faces family hardships, you cheer for the protagonist when she celebrates her victories, and you want to hug the sister-in-law as she fights the battles of early motherhood. You even want to pat the jilted suitor on the back as he faces rejection from the protagonist. Black Rose Writing did well to publish this gem of a novel! I am looking forward to reading more work from Mrs. Caugherty. This one definitely gets four to-be-read piles! Add it to yours!