Volume 4 of the Little Britches Series
Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moody's survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not faith and resourcefulness. 'Mother' in Little Britches and Man of the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a character in this book, and Ralph, no longer called 'Little Britches,' comes into his own. The family's run-ins with authority and with broken furnaces in winter are evocative of a full and warm family life.