In the mid-1930s newlyweds, Ruth and Charlie have just begun their lives together. Tragedy takes Charlie's life, leaving Ruth lost and alone, forced to make significant changes that will pattern her future.
The author has created strong characters who traverse considerable misfortune and conflict. The plot moves at a steady pace and is unpredictable. Unexpected circumstances unfold as Ruth journeys through difficult times in her personal life, and the lives of those who affect her deeply.
The Mexican Repatriation becomes the focus as Ruth becomes involved with children and families whose very existence is questionable. At this point in the story the prejudices and appalling treatment of migrant workers is well documented and powerful. A great deal of research has brought to life the events surrounding the deportation of a people whose Mexican descent is more powerful than the citizenship papers and work papers they hold.
Broken Ground is written with knowledge and passion, and the author is effective at projecting the atrocities of the human condition. I highly recommend this novel for the honest approach to shocking realities.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Howard Books and Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.