Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteiner
Summary from Goodreads
Liddie Treadway grew up on a family farm in Iowa where options for her future were marriage or teaching. Encouraged by suffragette rhetoric and her maiden aunt, Liddie is determined to avoid both and pursue a career. Her goal is within her grasp when her older sister's abrupt departure threatens to keep her on the farm forever.
Once she is able to experience the world she's dreamed of, Liddie is enthralled with her independence, a new-found passion for photography, and the man who teaches her. Yet, the family, friends, and life of her youth tug at her heart, and she must face the reality that life is not as simple, or the choices clear-cut, as she once imagined.
Go Away Home is a captivating coming-of-age novel that explores the enduring themes of family, friendship, and love, as well as death and grief. This novel will resonate with anyone who's confronted the conflict between dreams and reality and come to recognize that getting what you want can be a two-edged sword.
My thoughts on the book
I really enjoyed this book! There were times that I laughed and felt butterflies in my stomach right along with Liddie. Then there were times when I couldn't believe what I was reading and I couldn't stop crying as if I actually knew the people I was reading about! Go Away Home was such a wonderful, beautifully written novel. I couldn't put it down!
In all honesty, Go Away Home could have been split up into at least three books and made into a series. And, yes, I would have read all of them! There is so much I want to say about this book but I am having trouble finding the words without giving spoilers.
Liddie Treadway is such a good character. During her life, she makes a few poor decisions and some wonderful, smart decisions. She goes through major hard times and still remains the strong person that you grow to love while reading this book. Carol Bodensteiner created a lovely character in Liddie Treadway. I recommend reading Go Away Home to anyone who enjoys reading historical novels.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Carrie Kurtz is a full-time mom and wife who can’t help but make time to explore new worlds in between carpooling and laundry loads. She’s trying to encourage a similar obsession with reading in her two children, and she’s grateful her husband supports her habit. She can be found at Carrie K's Book Reviews