I love it when a book makes you jump on the internet to research aspects of the story. While the story line itself is fiction, there were many wonderful historical facts that piqued my interest. I had never heard of “sleeping sickness” and immediately searched for more information. What an amazing worldwide epidemic and it makes it even sadder that no cure was ever discovered.
And then the Betty Crocker “ladies” were a delight to read about. The Betty Crocker of my day is a different concept all together. So to read about the many women economists who served as the hands and feet of the Gold Medal Flour Company and how they tested and demonstrated the myriad of recipes to be shared with women was amazing.
And even with all of the wonderful historical aspects of the story, you have family dynamics that will have you gritting your teeth. You will discover a lot about the relationship between the two sisters who are the main characters. And then their mother’s story comes out as she sits and talks to her son-in-law who is suffering from the “sleeping sickness.”
So much information is shared and you will be turning the pages quickly to see what will happen next!
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.