About the Book
This book was absolutely fantastic. I will admit that I regret reading it first, if only because her writing has improved so much in the last few decades which made this book was far superior to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in my opinion. So, although it says it's the first book - I recommend not reading it that way.
There is so much heartbreak in this story and that helps make each accomplishment that much greater. I could hardly put it down, because I needed to know what was going to happen next. Every time things start to be going well, something happens and it sucks you back into the fear of not knowing how the event will end. Then, knowing this is not fiction - it makes the pain you feel for the characters that much stronger.
I highly recommend this book. It is fantastic and a must read.