In the years following the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the Deep South, some people stubbornly cling to their old ways of thinking. This spells trouble for Jane Jackson. Her father, Jimmy Jackson, feels he’s been cheated out of an inheritance from his late sister’s, Lila’s, estate, which went to Mary McGhee. Lila’s former lover, Mary, has no love for the white trash Jackson family, whose daughter, Jane, once had the misfortune to cut across her yard. Despite their rocky start, Jane finds a safe haven on Mary McGhee’s back porch where she can escape from the grinding poverty of her life by reading everything she can lay her hands on. And Mary McGhee sees something in Jane she finds lacking in almost everyone else – a color-blind girl whose desire is to break free from her small, backwater town through education. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for great read. Bett’s writing just keeps getting better.
——–Elaine Barrett Amazon.com reviews