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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
Country Boy, City Girl: Trials and Triumph During The Great Depression by Teresa Holmgren delves into the history of two families as they struggle to survive the poverty of the Great Depression. Country boy Harley and his family love their home and farm, believing they were mostly safe from the troubles others faced. Then disaster strikes, burning down their home and most of their belongings. Faced with this devastating situation, they each must make sacrifices to keep their land and save enough money to send Harley to college. Meanwhile, city girl Mable and her family work hard to pay their bills and keep their home. Mable is determined to be a world-class swimmer and a sports journalist. As a woman, this means breaking the boundaries of what is considered men’s territory. With big dreams for the future, both families work to maintain hope in a time where despair and tragedy hang like gritty fog over the entire country.
I loved Country Boy, City Girl! Teresa Holmgren brings this time of struggle alive, reminding me of the history my own family came from. It particularly hit me when Harley’s home burned down. My mother often told me the story of when her mother’s house burned down and the neighbours did everything they could to save their belongings. This is a story about community and people coming together to help each other. I believe stories such as these are important because it is history, and through family history we learn to honor and appreciate those who came before us. These stories prove people not only survive through the hardest times, but grow. Well written and a must for fans of historical fiction.