The author of South of Superior returns to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with this story of a woman who, on the verge of losing the land and home that defines her, finds her way to a brighter future when she learns the power of giving to and accepting help from the community around her.
It's a familiar story, hardworking single mom strives to do good by her child, but the unique environment, which Airgood fleshes out with convincing local characters and nods to area history, makes for a satisfying and enjoyable read. The many nods to nature would not be nearly as satisfying, however, without them being seen through the 10-year-old eyes of the precocious, curious and earnest Skye. She is a joy, and more mature than her age would imply ... A strong supporting cast enriches Gallion and nearby Waiska ... Airgood is an ideal guide ... If you've been to the U.P., you will recognize it in this loving portrayal; if you haven't, you will immediately want to visit.
Airgood’s characters feel true and rich, outwardly simple—the hardworking, salt-of-the-earth types found in every community—but internally complex as they strive for happiness, connection, fulfillment, and comfort in each other, their surroundings, and themselves. A leisurely read with a strong sense of place that is ideal for pairing with the stony beaches of Lake Superior or the sharp crackle of a campfire, or for experiencing the shift in atmosphere reading fiction provides.
Perhaps Laurel's grit, optimism, and refusal to take help from others make her a bit of a cliché, and perhaps Skye is the most perfect 10-year-old that ever lived—none of that will stop most readers from falling in love with them ... An affecting portrait of the region and its residents, filled with love and pride.