It's 1928 ... the Great Depression lurks just around the corner.
Divorcing a cheating husband means disgracing her family, but Claire Devoe can't take it anymore. Forced to provide for herself, she travels the Midwest with a sales crew. Can she trust the God who didn't save her first marriage to lead her through the maze of new love and overwhelming expectations? The long twilight of the Great Depression--with its debt, disgrace, drought, and despair--becomes the crucible that remakes her life.
Daughter of the Cimarron is the fictionalized tale of the author's mother as she went from ragtime to breadlines, from the silent cities and melancholy towns to a dugout overlooking the Cimarron Canyon, from brokenness to strength.
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A Daughter of the Cimarron © 2015 Samuel Hall Ashberry Lane Publisher ISBN 978-1-941720-08-0 299 pp. ppbk Samuel Hall writes a gripping story to honor his parents, Claire and Elmer. He depicts their struggles and courage during the Great Depression and Midwest Dust bowl. Claire especially overcomes discouraging judgments from those she loves and eventually she understands the reality of God in her life. She learns how to show true love and godliness to Elmer, not the nagging condemnation he expects from so-called Christians. The author shows both Elmer and Claire learning important truths that can challenge readers to also change. A well-written, informative story of life in earlier times as well as depictions of real life characters. This story can teach readers about survival during an important part of US history and also how we grow as humans.
This was a good read. Daughter of the Cimarron is the fictionalized story of the author's mother Claire. She survives heartache and divorce to find a fresh start with a new love at the start of the Great Depression. Challenged by the stresses of a career change, financial hardship, messy family dynamics, and an uncommunicative husband, Claire struggles to find the happy ending she always expected. In some ways this is a familiar story of everyday struggle, but Hall's characters are rich and compelling. I found myself rooting for Claire, struck by both her strengths and her imperfections. I often avoid books shelved as Christian fiction because the call to salvation that characterizes them tends to strike me as contrived. That's not the case in this book. Claire wrestles with a faith that seems just beyond her reach, but her day-to-day struggle is more human than spiritual. Claire is not particularly glorified, but is simply drawn as a woman on a journey. By the end of the novel, that journey looks promising, but also realistically incomplete.