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By Carol June Stover

Fifteen-year-old Amy Blackwell leads a lonely existence that is not easy to undergo. it is 1916 in rural Arkansas, and she's being raised by way of her strict grandfather, a Bible-thumping preacher and his sinister spouse whom city parents name "nuts." Their pious calls for doom her to guilt-ridden failure, and "thou shalts," hypocrisy, and a dismal kin mystery ideas their domestic. Amy struggles to take care of a smiling facade. while all efforts to delight her grandparents fall brief, she plots to run away along with her sister. as a substitute, her teenage ardour prevails and he or she marries at 16 to depart domestic. Amy's trip is intriguing firstly, yet turns sobering with a string of calamities--including demise and disorder. Even worse, now she's trapped via the excessive expectancies of 2 households. while her grandmother's darkish mystery unravels, Amy is devastated yet needs to locate the energy to head on. With choice that the majority adults could not muster, she brings love and wish again into her life.

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