All The Little Hopes is a charming historical coming-of-age story combined with a mystery. Told through the alternating viewpoints of Lucy and Bert, the adolescents shine an innocence upon the time along with an adaptability to the many situations that arise. The writing flowed easily with bountiful description of the landscape and gave a distinct voice to each girl. While the mystery of the disappearing men kept me intrigued and introduced wonderful side characters such as mystical Trula Freed and pragmatic Sugar Mayhew, it was the girl's experience growing up during World War II that kept me interested. Through Lucy and Bert's eyes, I could see the effects of homecoming on an injured soldier, how Lucy's sister dealt with her husband declared Missing In Action, how Lucy's mother dealt with her son fighting overseas and how Lucy and Bert learned to welcome the German Prisoners of War onto their farm and into their family. With a bittersweet ending, All The Little Hopes creates an atmospheric story of love and hope.
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