A book about depression era America did not appeal to me but when I saw it was by my favorite author Jo Jo Moyes I decided to give it a try. I really liked it as the women in it were very strong and stood up for themselves.Yet, the reality of the era was that men hit women, making the powerful Margery say, "You know what the worst thing about a man hitting you?" "Ain't the hurt. It's in that instant you realize the truth of what it is to be a woman. That it don't matter how smart you are, how much better at arguing, how much better than them period. It's when you can realize they can always shut you up with a fist. Just like that." That is what Alice had to realize too but the book proceeds with a library giving women a raison d'etre and the ending justified my reading the 387 pages.