THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger
If you loved Ordinary Grace you will love this new stand alone from the author of the Cork O’Connor mystery series. Three orphaned boys and a broken-hearted little girl run away from misery and beatings at a School for Indian Children during the Great Depression.
The school is run by a tyrant and her subservient but cruel husband. When one child disappears after a tornado kills the one person who actually cared for the children, the four decide disappearing themselves is the only way to escape the merciless animosity. Floating and paddling down the rivers to their goal of St. Louis is fraught with danger from nature and those who are searching for them.
Upon reaching their goal, they discover secrets aplenty had been strewn throughout their short lives.
5 of 5 stars