The story begins in 1904 with Jette and Frederick, young lovers in Hanover, Germany. When Jette becomes pregnant out of wedlock, they flee Germany and head for America for a fresh start. Originally set for New York, they end up in New Orleans and, by a series of events, eventually settle in Beatrice, Missouri.
The story covers three generations of Meisenheimers. Frederick, who arrives fresh off the boat without a word of English, his son Joeseph, and his grandson, James (the narrator of the story). It is a heart-warming story full of triumph, tragedy, and love for family, with lots of interesting characters thrown in along the way.
I’d heard good reviews and decided to give this book a try. What a great story! It made me laugh in some parts, tear up in others. I liked that it had the stories of multiple generations, and I really enjoyed the narrator. I would highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars