I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's about a grieving family in the 1880's and how the husband and his three children cope with the death of Sarah, the wife and mother. Rose, the oldest daughter, is 14 and becomes overwhelmed with taking on all that the mother did while still going to school. The father turns to alcohol and prostitution to drown his troubles.
I liked the humor in this book and found the historical look at daily living in the 1800s very interesting. The main character is likeable and well developed. The author told most of the story from Rose's point of view, even sharing her funny thoughts with the reader. It is very well written and character driven. This novel is about friendship, dysfunctional families, grief, suicide, dreams and some romance. I recommend it to anyone who likes books about teens or historical fiction.