Having tragically lost her mother while still a toddler and having lived on three continents while growing up, Sally Wilbur book explores how she got "from there to here." Her book tells not just her own life's story, which starts with her birth in Constantinople, Turkey, but the stories of her three parents, of their parents, and of those who came before them. Told largely in their own words from letters and diaries, those stories tell of her great-grandfather's meeting with Abraham Lincoln in the streets of Washington, DC, while serving as chaplain during the Civil War, of her step-grandmother's difficulties as a 20-something single woman from Nebraska serving as a missionary in the remote and mountainous northeastern corner of the Ottoman Empire during the 1870s, of her father's transformative experiences serving Britain in the trenches on the Western Front, of the difficulties her birth mother faced as both a mother and a missionary in a distant land, and of her second mother's arrest and trial in Turkey for the crime of attempting to convert Muslim schoolgirls to Christianity. We share the joys of her father and mother at the birth of their daughter, and the shock and sadness of all at her mother's sudden death, follow the courtship of her father and second mother, eavesdropping as they plan for their future and then, once married, cope with their underlying incompatibility. And along the way, we watch as Mrs. Wilbur grows up, first as a Missionary Kid in the Middle East and then, after a brief year in England, as a Preacher's Kid in Massachusetts, as she leaves home for college, on her return meeting and falling in love with her first husband, and as she copes with her father leaving her second mother and the dissolution of their marriage, then watches her parents move on and find new contentment. A heartwarming tale of a woman from the Greatest Generation and her family triumphing over disappointment and tragedy, hardship and loss to find love and meaning, Sally Wilbur's book is at its heart the story of a daughter getting to know her lost mother and understand her place in the world.