Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Measure of Katie Calloway

By: Serena Miller

In this story we are introduced to Katie Calloway who has survived the rigors of the Civil War in Georgia only to have to deal with a husband who is abusive and having a hard time dealing with the loss of his family home. Fearing for her life and that of her brother who she is taking care of after the death of their parents Katie grabs a few of her belonging and flees what is left of her husbands home. Can Katie build a new life for her and her brother or will he husband succeed in his plans for her?

Robert Frost owns a lumber camp and is in need a cook that can help him feed his men since the cook that he had broke his arm in a fight. When Robert meets Katie and gets a taste of her cooking he knows that he has found the perfect cook for his camp. The only problem is that he is not sure if Katie will be able to handle the demands that will be placed on her as cook and how she will handle the isolation and being the only woman around.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and I really admired Katie's inner strength and her willingness to venture into the unknown to save not only her life but that of her brother as well. I think that there are several people who can learn a lot from Katie about when to say enough is enough in an abusive relationship. This is especially true in relationships where kids are involved. It is up to the adults in the relationship to put the welfare of the child above that of their feelings for the abusive person. Katie was able to tap into her inner core of strength and to create a new life for her and her younger brother and was able to make the best out of her situation.

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.