The Lincoln School, an orphanage with horrible caregivers who beat the children and subjected them to even worse daily working conditions, is where we meet Odie, Albert, Mose, and then Emmy.
The three friends had to get away, and they had their chance one night.
We follow them as they escape with Emmy who didn't originally live at the school and move farther and farther away from Lincoln School and the horrors they had endured.
Following the three friends and Emmy down the Mississippi river and meeting the folks along the River was mesmerizing.
The trip down the river also seemed dangerous but was amazing how the friends always had another friend/stranger helping out.
THIS TENDER LAND's lush writing had me not wanting to stop reading because I didn’t want to miss their adventures, and I didn't want the book to end.
Mr. Krueger's writing pulls you in with his descriptions, lovable characters, and story line.
What a marvelous, master story teller Mr. Krueger is. His book even incorporated stories told by the characters within the book.
Mr. Krueger’s magic is indeed evident in THIS TENDER LAND and is a book that needs to be read by every book club and everyone who loves becoming engrossed in the lives of the characters in a book and an era.
This book is an absorbing tale of love, loss, and endurance and will fill your heart with the warmth that comes with feeling needed, helpful, and wanted.
You just have to read this book to understand its beauty and excellence. 5/5
This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley.