The American Dustbowl, 1930s, is a subject that is not much in collective memory anymore. Who knew that the Breadbasket of this country could be completely covered by sandstorms that resembled any found in the Sahara Desert? Yet, it is part of our national history. Jan Cline’s American Dream book series begins in this desolate place. Clarissa Wilding and her family live in Kansas. In the first book, Heaven’s Sky, their once thriving farm is nothing but sand dunes. They eat sand, it is embedded in their skin and must be swept out of their house daily. And then another storm arrives.
Many people left their homesteads during that time and went to cities looking for work. It was a desperate time. Jan portrays it well. I could feel the sand in my mouth and found myself shaking out my clothes.
Her characters leave Kansas, in the second book, The Pruning. Settling in a vineyard in central Washington State, the family could breathe a sigh of relief as blue skies and green lands met them. However, another set of circumstances confront them, this time a family shaking. The ramifications reach far. We meet Nurse Martha, who is our main character in the third story.
All My Goodbyes is Martha’s story. She lives in fear of losing those she loves. So, as World War Two looms, how can she let herself love a pilot? This is the story of Jan’s heart and she gives us a special extra at the end.
Jan Cline has done a wonderful job and given us three beautiful stories. I loved them. You will, too!
Jan can be contacted at https://jancline.net/books/