Sandra Dallas expands on her reputation for high quality characterization, realistic settings, and dialog that goes to your heart in this novel, set in a post-Depression mining town that feels like Breckenridge of old. Women who followed their men to the mining districts faced a difficult, if not impossible, life. As in so many of Dallas' novels, the focus is on the friendships and relationships created between women in difficult situations, drawn together by domestic chores to which they must attend--cooking, quilting, sewing, and taking care of each other, their families, and their men. The reader finds that these women long for the finer things of life, and enjoy sharing them when they can--even if it's only sharing a cup of tea in a beautifully crafted china tea cup, a potluck meal in the best dish one has, a walk to the top of the mountain in the querelous Colorado weather, or sharing a coat or a quilt with a friend in need. Sandra Dallas is a master of storytelling skills, evoking the time and place, the joys and the sadness of life in the mining camp.