The Mennonites had a hard go of it in Siberia in the 1920s. Communists had pushed them out of their homeland, and now they were threatened again. Janice L. Dick has woven a realistic and heart-touching tale around circumstances that many of the Mennonites must have faced.
Luise Letkemann has an understanding with Daniel Martens. His family has a prosperous farm, and they intend to be married one day, although it hasn't been spoken aloud.
Anna Letkemann is Luise's stepmother, a harsh often hysterical woman who has little love for Luise or her husband's other offspring. She says they must move east to a safer place. She is sickly and cannot get a permit, but she says they must sneak out, and soon.
Luise is torn. What should she do? Stay with Daniel, or go with her father and siblings who need her?
It's a clean book and one I would recommend to teens and adults.
Winds of Change is available from Amazon and Barnes and Nobel.