Crossing Stones by Helen Frost

As someone who used to think that historical fiction was boring, I have to admit that the genre has really grown on me.  Maybe it is because authors like Frost do such a great job focusing in on the characters’ personal lives and not merely giving overviews of the roles they played in the direct context of historical events…  Or maybe I am just getting mature enough to appreciate a little history lesson in my leisure reading.  😉

It was 91 years ago, today, that women won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, so I find it rather appropriate that I just finished this book!  And, although the women’s suffrage movement is a part of this story — with headstrong Aunt Vera off picketing in Washington, D.C. — Frost also managed to weave in details of farm life in 1917, the onset of WWI, soldiers leaving for war, women taking over the men’s work back home, and a flu epidemic, not to mention a budding relationship between two of our main characters.  Since the story is told from the alternating perspectives of four characters — Emma, Frank, Muriel, and Ollie — readers get a fairly well-rounded view of this place in time.  And if the topics covered aren’t quite appealing enough on their own, the novel in verse format may make this book an easier “sell” for reluctant readers.

Happy Reading!


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