Having loved Jeannette Wall's memoir: The Glass Castle, I could not wait to read her latest book, in which she tells the story of the life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Casey Smith who was born in a one room dugout by the side of the river in West Texas.
The story is narrated by Lily herself, an amazing woman who did what needed to be done in life. She lived through two wars, the Great Depression, prohibition, began training horses at the age of five, took care of a cattle ranch at age 12, and at age 15 left for Arizona alone on horseback some 500 miles to be an itinerant teacher.
My Thoughts: I love the way Walls writes, and although the style of the book is different (short chapters), the story is beautifully written, and visually telling. Lily's voice resonates with me still, and the message I took from this story was this .......
.....Strong women take setbacks in stride and learn from their mistakes along the way. Life isn't about luck, it is about going out and doing what you set your mind out to accomplish.
(sent by Simon and Schuster)