Leah is a young girl living with her father, a lumberjack, in a small shack in rural NC. they are well below the poverty line and just get by. Leah’s circumstances are less than ideal but she has the love of her father. Until one day, he is in an accident and she is left on her own. She thinks she is about to be adopted when she comes to live with a family but quickly finds out she is to live as their servant. The adults there treat her horribly, acting as though she is much less than because of her background. I won’t say anymore, because there are some really heartbreaking things that happen to her.
I’m not sure I get as many Where the Crawdads Sing vibes as the blurb wants you to think, other than her being a girl on her own in coastal Carolina, the similarities end there. Leah is a sweet girl and your heart breaks for her. This deals with a really horrible time in America and if you haven’t read about it before, you’ll enjoy this book. But if you want a more heart wrenching story that deals with this issue, I would recommend A Mother’s Promise.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for gifted access via NetGalley. All opinions above are my own.
Are you more of an ocean person or a pool person?