WARNING: This book is set in South Texas, 1920s-1950s. The author has gone to great lengths to present this story in a historically accurate fashion, right down to the going rate for a woman’s time in any given year. Another result of historical accuracy, however, is that certain uncivilized words are used in this book. Perhaps we aren’t so civilized after all.
January 26, 1926, Houston, Texas. Lucille Wilkes’ husband has disappeared, leaving the sixteen-year-old woman to bring their child into this hell alone. Though penniless, Lucille cannot turn to her parents for help, and without access to a man’s pocketbook, a pious society dictates she spends her life honorably subsisting.
Virtue, however, is overrated.
Money equals freedom, but the cost of a gold coin may be more than Lucille thinks, at least when it comes to her daughter, Rosemary. On the other hand, Lucille didn’t want the child in the first place. Or did she dare think such a thing?