I was not expecting such an incredibly sad book from Kristin Hannah but there it is. Not far into the book sadness began to use from every page. Elsa began life as a child feeling unloved by her family. This is followed by a marriage of convenience in which Elsa fervently loves her husband; he, however, never learns to love her. Add two children, her in-laws, and the 1930s dust bowl. There you have it: the basis of Kristin Hannah’s novel.