America is the land of immigrants. This book is about Frederick and Jette who left their home in Europe to start a new life in America. They settle down in a town called Beatrice in Missouri in 1904. Their story is full of joy and sadness. Hard working people who lived through wars and bigotry. Changing times and sickness. Prohibition and the stock market crash. The author really gets you involved in the characters and leaves you emotionally drained at times. Growing up in a small town most young people can’t wait to leave. But to some, home is where the family is.