top of page
  • Writer's picturemissybigskybooks

This Tender Land - Long overdue read!

—Book Review—

Title: This Tender Land

Author: William Kent Krueger

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre: Historical Fiction + Adventure

Let’s talk about those books that you have sitting on your shelves, TBR. You know what I’m talking about . . . The ones you bought on pub day excited about a book or new author and thennnn promptly left them on your shelf! 🤦‍♀️

Sometimes a book needs time to marinade! 😆 And sometimes you need your bestie @mommaleighellensbooknook to tell you it’s in their top 10 favorites of all time and threaten to come after you if you don’t read it. Ok, she didn’t threaten me, but she has the best taste, so after finishing The River We Remember with @bookfriendsbookclub earlier this month and loving it, I immediately downloaded the audio. I love that my library uses @hoopla and it was on there. The audio was fantastic. The adventure side of this story, lent itself to audio. Of course, I had to pause to tab quotes. I love quotes! And this one had many, many zingers.

“Nobody’s born mean. Life warps you in terrible ways.”

-The Summer of 1932 on the banks of Minnesota’s Gilead River . . .

This is the story of orphan brother’s Odie and Albert the only white children at an Indian Training School. A school where Native American children are forcibly separated from their parents. One of those kids is their best friend Mose, a mute boy of Sioux heritage. After living in harsh conditions and a crime occurs, these three go on the run, but take along with them another orphaned girl, Emmy. Together in a canoe they launch into the mighty Mississippi searching for a place to call home.

Over the course of the summer these four “vagabonds” find many struggles and truths, but learn the biggest lesson is that home isn’t a place, but the people you are with!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you’re like me and haven’t read this yet. This is a must, must. It feels like a modern day, Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn. Honestly, this feels like a book that could be taught in high school English! And @netflix @hula @amazonprime why haven’t one of you jumped on this book as a script!? It would make an excellent movie or series.

Purchasing from the link below supports independent book stores and my site!

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page