Where Willows Grow

Where Willows Grow

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by Kim Vogel Sawyer
     
 

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Her heart aches for his return... but is the distance between them measured by more than miles?

Anna Mae isn't sure her husband is being completely honest about his job with the Works Progress Administration. They're building a castle? In Kansas? Harley promised he'd be at the worksite only long enough to earn enough cash to keep their farm. But the money

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Her heart aches for his return... but is the distance between them measured by more than miles?

Anna Mae isn't sure her husband is being completely honest about his job with the Works Progress Administration. They're building a castle? In Kansas? Harley promised he'd be at the worksite only long enough to earn enough cash to keep their farm. But the money hasn't arrived, and Anna Mae fears Harley may be gone for good.

Harley Phipps has never been a man in need of luxuries, but he wants to do right by his wife and two little girls. He was about to lose all he'd worked for if he didn't do something--there was no way he could pass up the government job, even if it meant leaving his family for a while. Anna Mae was awful mad when he sold the mules, packed his bag, and headed out. If only she'd send him a short note to let him know she and the girls are all right...

Editorial Reviews

Jamie Driggers
...this was a compelling story. As a mother I could really relate to Anna's anguish as she worried for her children. As a wife I could relate to the realistic portrayal of the woman left to hold house and home together....
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RomanceDesigns.com
A poignant story of a woman left to hold house and home together; I was absorbed from the opening scenes. The trials and tribulations of this small family are emotional and realistically portrayed by the author. I was hard-pressed to keep a dry eye while reading Anna's story. Well researched, the sense of time and place was vividly rendered and allows the reader to taste the despair suffered by Anna. Where Willows Grow is a fine example of our heartland during the Depression and drought.
ACFW.com
This book delivers quite an emotional punch and will touch your heart, as true love, in all its many forms, wins out in the end. Don't miss it!
—Melanie Dickerson
christianreviewofbooks.com
This book has Kim Sawyer's signature depth of characterization. As the reader, I quickly fell in love with Anna and her struggles. The characters were rich and diverse.... I also love the way Kim makes the setting come alive. She pulls together unknown pieces of Kansas history that add richness and depth to the plot. I also enjoyed the fact that this book was set during the Depression. This has been a time period that has been overlooked by many historical authors, yet Kim makes it come to life in a manner that kept me engaged from page one.
—Cara Putman
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"I really enjoyed reading Where Willows Grow, and could not put it down until I had completed it. I could totally understand the desperation for survival during those horrible times of no rain in Kansas, with the dust just blowing and blowing.... I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a little bit of Kansas history and for a touching story. I wanted Where Willows Grow to go on further so I could see what would happen next, and I was disappointed when the book ended.
—AJ Cooper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441203106
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Heart of the Prairie , #10
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
110,413
File size:
937 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is fond of C words such as children, cats, and chocolate. Besides her first novel, Waiting for Summer's Return, she's been published in Guideposts and several other magazines and anthologies. In her spare time she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her website at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.

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Where Willows Grow 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 6 reviews.
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But true love triumphs in this touching, insightful story, set in the Depression in drought-stricken Kansas. Using believable characters, Kim Sawyer weaves a tale of God¿s provision and the redemption of broken dreams. . . . Anna Mae loves her husband, but it¿s been a while since she and Harley shared much more than frustration. They¿re on the brink of losing the farm they both dearly love because of the severe drought and the depressed economy. Out of desperation, Harley decides to take a WPA job, which will mean leaving his wife and two little girls. Anna Mae, unhappy about the situation, doesn¿t even say good-bye to her husband, and they part in anger. . . . Far away from her husband, Anna Mae¿s situation seems to go from bad to worse, especially when lifelong neighbor, Jack, decides he still loves Anna Mae and it would be best if her son-of-a-sharecropper husband didn¿t return at all. . . . This book delivers quite an emotional punch and will touch your heart, as true love, in all its many forms, wins out in the end. Don¿t miss it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1936 Spencer, Kansas, Anna Mae Phipps feels all alone in the world as the family farm is dying due to the drought and her beloved spouse Harley has left their home to work construction for the federal government¿s Works in Progress Administration. She feels isolated and abandoned as she has no husband, no mule, an infant Marjorie, an older preadolescent child Dorothy, and a third on the way. Anna Mae fears that Harley will not come back to her and the kids if he does he probably will not find them on the farm that they will surely lose. --- Harley misses his family as he loves his wife and two children. He desperately needs to bring in income to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads that is why he sold their last mule and took a crazy job on the other side of the state building a castle in Lindsborg. He left his spouse angry with him, but he knows the corn cannot grow and if it did who could afford to buy it. He plans to make enough money so that he can come home to his family on their farm. --- WHERE WILLOWS GROW is a strong Americana family drama that focuses on the impact of the Depression in Kansas. Readers will feel Anna Mae¿s sense of desertion and hopelessness while also knowing how much Harley misses her and their children, but feels he must do what is needed to insure his family is fed and sheltered. Though the economic climax seems to simple, historical fiction readers will appreciate Kim Vogel Sawyer¿s deep look at what a 1930s family did to survive on a drought ridden Plains. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has Kim Sawyer¿s signature depth of characterization. As the reader, I quickly fell in love with Anna and her struggles. The characters were rich and diverse. Harley is a man who has pulled himself up and works hard to support his family. Jack has a successful dairy farm, but is focused on the love that¿s been denied him. Dirk is a man who will teach Harley what sacrifice is about. And Anna is a woman trying to make the best of an impossible situation. I also love the way Kim makes the setting come alive. She pulls together unknown pieces of Kansas history that add richness and depth to the plot. I also enjoyed the fact that this book was set during the Depression. This has been a time period that has been overlooked by many historical authors, yet Kim makes it come to life in a manner that kept me engaged from page one.