5++++ Stars.Beautiful story! I would highly recommend.A woman on her own, trying to get by hires a passerby to help out. He's an ex-con, though, and the town folks don't accept him any more easily than they accept Elly. Elly has been a misfit for years, and she and Will become great friends and then lovers. It's a tender, love story, full of hardship and misfortune, but they overcome it. It was a page turner, and never a dull moment. I loved these characters, and even the secondary characters. This is one book where I would not change a thing about it.