Publication date: February 9, 2021
Pages: 464 pages
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆
Sweet Spark: So. Inspiring. And heartbreaking.
So I saw this book recommended over and over last year, but I'm not generally a volunteer to grab something that will make me cry. This ended up being one of my recommendations for the 12 Book Challenge (12 books, recommended by 12 friends, in 12 months). I couldn't turn down a challenge, right?
I loved this book, and once I got almost half-way done, it was hard to put it down - I had to know how it all ended!
We follow Elsinore Wolcott, from her prosperous family growing up, where she was the black sheep, to her unexpected marriage, and discovering what family and love truly mean. Circumstances repeatedly forced Elsa to make tough choices and do hard things for herself and her family.
The book takes place around the early 1930s and starts in the panhandle of Texas. The Great Depression and the dust bowl climate collapse were huge shaping events of Elsa's life and the book. It was all beautifully and compellingly told. As a reader, I could imagine the characters' feelings at each step along their journeys.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, but I'd definitely warn that it's highly emotional before recommending this great realistic fiction book about this time period.