Author: Vera and Bill Cleaver
Overall Rating: 3/5
This was a very quick read for me, but I thought it was pretty good. I thought that Mary Call was a very strong main character. I also thought that Romey was very mature for his 10 years of age, but he also was realistic because he did show his age in some of his actions. I thought he was very well thought out, and I admit, I did like the book. It was a little short for my taste, but all in all was a good short read.
Mary Call has true Appalachian grit. When her dying father makes her promise to keep her brother and sisters together forever on the mountain and take no help from strangers, she is determined to keep her word. No matter what.
At first Mary Call is sure she can run the family just fine on her own. Romey and Ima Dean help her gather herbs to sell in town, using the riches of the mountains to keep the family clothed and fed. But winter sets in all too quickly. As food runs low, and the tiny house begins to cave in under the weight of the snow, Mary Call leans that the land where the lilies bloom is also a cruel and unforgiving land that demands a price for her stubborn pride.