This was the 3rd book in a series. I believe you benefit the most by reading all three, in order. Book 3 introduced new heartache into the series and also redemption and reconciliation. I like how Carlson wove the history of the times into the story. Her characters, in all 3 books, are impacted by society. Although it is Christian historical fiction, it is a series that gentle weaves God’s plan into the story. This is a fabulous series that spans 50+ years of time, even more if you consider the backstory of Anna’s childhood and the way-back story of her grandmother.