The Measure of Katie Calloway - 4/5 Stars
by Serena Miller
Back Cover: “The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway’s Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he’s hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love”
Review: When you start reading this novel your heart just aches for Katie Calloway. Her situation is desperate, and the very person in her life she should be able to trust, her husband, is a complete monster. Forced to flee for her life as the situation progresses beyond nightly beatings, Katie takes her little brother north to a remote logging camp where she hires on as a cook. Stepping into a position where she is expected to work from two am until sunset to feed a crew of harsh loggers in conditions completely unsuitable for a woman, Katie fights to gain their respect and make a life for herself and her brother.
I found this book well written and a pleasure to read. Katie is so sweet and her strength throughout the book is very encouraging. I loved the colourful and quirky group of “shanty boys” in the loggers camp; they really made this book entertaining – and a touch unpredictable! The Measure of Katie Calloway is a wonderful story that I would certainly recommend.
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