Thursday, March 8, 2018

Beneath the Bellemont Sky by Ranee S. Clark {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Beneath the Bellemont Sky by Ranee S. Clark
Paperback, 193 pages
Published March 2018 by Covenant Communications 
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; all thoughts and opinions are my own.   
As WWII draws to a close, war widow Vera Larsen Trumbell knows all too well the sacrifices of those left on the home front. Working on her family's farm has sustained Vera and her young children, but she now yearns for a sense of normalcy. The end of the war has been bittersweet for the Larsen clan as they and the residents of their small Wyoming town continue to pick up the pieces of their former lives.

Navigating the complexities of a postwar world, Vera and her family face the changing ideals swirling around them. From rising controversy surrounding women's presence in the workplace to the town's cold reception of the newest member of the family—a beautiful French freedom fighter—the American dream of days gone by has been thrown off balance. Even Vera's own life is set spinning when, despite her better judgment, she feels a growing attraction for the brooding and mysterious local schoolteacher.

As the Larsen family and their neighbors tread on thorny territory, will the people of this small town find the strength to embrace an unfamiliar and extraordinary future?

My Review: 5 Stars

There is something about this time period that is very dear to my heart. I can't decide if it's because these people were about the same ages as my grandparents and lived through similar things or what. I know deep down that I would have loved to live during this time period, but quite honestly, I don't know if I would be strong enough and have enough stamina to do so. Life was hard in many ways, but easier in other ways than modern times are.

This story follows citizens of a small Wyoming town immediately following World War II, with the Larson family as the central focus. There aren't a lot of graphic war details--it focuses more on families moving on and trying to cope with the changes that resulted from the war. I loved this book and was really touched by each individual story of the family members.

The gentle and easy ambiance of Bellemont was a perfect complement to the hardworking, loyal, and determined attitude of the people. I loved the flow and the words spoke to my heart. These are people of good character, with a solid heritage, and I felt them all come to life in a way that spoke to my soul. I felt like I just watched a beloved mini-series, like Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie--I felt like I was wrapped up in a warm, satisfying, and comforting hug.

Content: very mild violence; mild romance

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