For an Iowa farm girl in 1913, Liddie Treadway has big dreams. She yearns to move to town, learn a trade, and live on her own. With encouragement from career-minded Aunt Kate, her goals seem within reach—until her unmarried sister is sent away for becoming pregnant and her father dies in a tragic accident. Now the family needs Liddie more than ever, and she’s certain she’ll be trapped on the farm for good.
The Treadways’ hired man, Joe Bauer, has dreams of his own: to marry and settle down. So when a woman he’s been courting breaks his heart, he leaves Iowa to start over, just as Liddie finally gets her chance to take a seamstress apprenticeship in town…
Though they’re separated by miles, Liddie’s friendship with Joe grows as they write to each other about their new lives. But when Joe returns, will Liddie have to choose between worldly independence and the conventional path of love and family? Or can she have it all?
|Publisher:||Rising Sun Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)|
About the Author
Born in Iowa and raised on her family’s dairy farm, Carol Bodensteiner graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University. She built a career in public relations and marketing before turning to creative writing, and she has worked as a freelance writer for the Iowan magazine and the Des Moines Register. Bodensteiner published the memoir Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl in 2008. Go Away Home is her first novel. She currently lives with her husband near Des Moines, Iowa.
For more information, visit www.carolbodensteiner.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started reading Go Away Home not knowing what to expect. I found a book that tugs at the heart, has a strong female lead character, and makes you want to laugh and cry. It is a book of finding yourself, of love, of sadness, and triumph. Four stars all the way!
Liddie Treadway wants more out of life than being a farmer's wife. Liddie dreams of being a seamstress are slowly dashed in light of what happened with Amelia. Following on the heels of Amelia, Liddie's father unexpectedly passes away. As Liddie begins her new life as seamstress for Mrs. Tinker. She discovers life away from the farm isn't so much different after all. Liddie meets Thomas Littmann, a local photographer, which sparks her interest in learning photography. Joe Bauer's friendship with Liddie appears one sided until learning she's to be married. Will Liddie have to give up her dreams? Who will she choose? Your answers await you in Go Away Home. Go Away Home is coming of age story that resonates no matter the time period. All of us want to live our dreams without consequence but that just doesn't happen. Liddie learns all of this and so much more. The heart wants what the heart wants as old adage says. I would definitely consider reading more of this author's work in the future.
Baking bread begins and ends this book and it is precisely the right activity to have been chosen for the main character to be engaged in. Bread starts out as ingredients mixed then formed together, it requires attention before it is left to rise, it requires being punched down again so it can rise again and then it needs to be subjected to heat before it is done and able to nourish. Liddie’s life is much like the bread she works on at the beginning and end of her story. Living in the early 1900’s on a farm with her family she has dreams of more than being a farmer’s wife and is subject to a number or blows before she finally achieves some of her. This story tells more than the story of Liddie and her wishes, work to become independent and adventures in love then as a wife. It describes beautifully what it might have been like to live when women did not have the vote, men made many decisions for women, women’s work was never done, loved ones and neighbors were at war and bigotry might flare, influenza ravaged communities, and much more. Liddie manages to rise as her bread does and is forged into a stronger woman through the heat she endures at various times in her life. The ending is not what I was expecting but I was left feeling that Liddie and her family would manage to pull together and keep the family moving forward in a positive manner.
I loved this story of a young woman’s dreams and the way they evolved through her life’s twists and turns. The characters were crisp and alive; the sense of place was so real I could almost hear the sounds and smell the bread baking. It was escape in the best sense of the word. Liddie’s dream of becoming a seamstress and dress designer reminded me of my husband’s dream to be the first man on the moon. He did not achieve that dream, and eventually, many years later, he adjusted his dreams to fit the reality of his life and learned that that was all he really wanted. I ended the book confident that Liddie would be completely fulfilled in whatever life brought her way. That is a lesson many of us never learn, and we do not fulfill our destiny because of it.