The Dust Bowl of the thirties has been called one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. The storms lasted for ten years and ruined land, farms, and lives throughout the Midwest--from Canada, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.
In Dust: The Love Story, by Ellen Lagos Diamant, we meet the people who lived in the dust. We see their hopes and dreams, their loves and betrayals--some lives shattered beyond repair, some lives rebuilt with hope--and how the storms affected them all.
My Take On This Story:
Dust The Love Story is a very simply written story that takes place in 1917. The main plot of this book is about two best friends, Ray McCay 17, is a farm boy who has been dating Katie for two years, they have kept the relationship hidden because they are afraid of what her dad, the local sheriff might do.
Gus Mason is the son of the local gas station owner, considered wealthy, he has just started dating Evelyn nothing serious just someone to hang out with.
The four go to a school dance, and after the dance Ray makes up his mind to tell Katie's father he wants to marry her, unfortunately Katie's dad confronts him before he has a chance to say anything.The couple is forbidden to see each other ever again, and Katie's dad encourages her to begin a relationship with Gus.
The story fast forwards 18 years and the relationships that we see are totally different than what we were introduced to before, did Katie wind up defying her dad and marry Ray anyway? You will have to read the story to find out!
This was a very quick, simple read, the book only had 36 pages. There really wasn't alot of depth to the characters.
I really enjoyed how the author touched on the Dust Bowl, it made the story more interesting. The ending was easy to predict so overall if your looking for an easy read then this book might be what your looking for.
Thanks to Dorrence publishing for providing me a copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.