Never Waste Tears by Gloria Zachgo
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Never Waste Tears is a historical fiction of the aftermath of the civil war on some families and the move westward for young and old. This story focuses on Nathan, Rebecca, Carl, Hannah and Sarah as they move to Kansas where the land is available for the taking and plentiful. They leave all that they knew and loved behind. After the Civil War men didn’t return whole, they were missing parts of themselves and for those that stayed behind, there was a lack of understanding.
Told in their own voice we are privy to their reasons for leaving home and making Kansas their new home – love, peace, freedom. Each person struggled with their new role in life and their new home – the dangerous trek via wagon train, Indian attacks, brutal weather and loneliness. Not everything went smoothly and for Rebecca, a young woman of privilege, the loneliness weighed heavy on her mind.
“The teacups are from my mother’s finest set of china.” She took a long breath of fresh air, gave another shudder, and opened her eyes. “Hannah, Let’s have a cup of tea now. Will you have tea with me?”
In a land where everything was scarce and must be conserved, even tears were not to be wasted.
“My mama always taught me and Sarah that tears was not to be wasted. She also said they was needed when a loved one passes. She said they helped wash away some of the grief. I had always heeded Mama’s words and had never been one to weep when things didn’t go my way, so ears never come easy for me … We talked of how our mama would not approve of so many tears. Then I told her how many tears mama had shed that year of her life, and we cried some more.”
Gloria Zachgo’s novel is well written with characters that build themselves through their own voices. Uniquely told, this novel is an easy read with a depth that pulls at one’s heart strings and a realization that we as humans endure a lot for the ones we love.
Vividly told, Zachgo weaves the story skillfully and solidly. Readers connect with the characters through her writing style – readers are placed into the story through the minds and passions of each main character. This is an excellent book that demonstrates the hardship of the 1800’s. This book is highly recommended.
WordsAPlenty gives Never Waste Tears a 5-star review!
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