Title: You Belong Here Now
Author: Dianna Rostad
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Historical Fiction
Happy Publication Day to debut author @dianna.rostad! Pay attention to this name because I know we’ll be hearing more of it! You Here Belong Here Now is a Historical Fiction coming of age novel set in 1925 in big sky Montana. It’s equal parts character and plot driven and both are done superbly.
Three brave orphans from New York take the Orphan Train west, hoping for a place to belong. An Irish boy, Patrick, who lost his parents to the Spanish flu, a petite little girl, Opal, who doesn’t speak and is a runaway, then the oldest, Charles, who has a slight temper, but that’s only because he’d do anything for the ones he loves. He escaped horrible conditions in Hell’s Kitchen.
At the next to the last stop on the train, fearing nobody wanting them, Charles talks Patrick and Opal into jumping off the train. They travel along the Yellowstone river and mountains where fate guides them toward a ranch rendered by loss and desperate to find healing. They just don’t know it yet.
At the ranch is Nara is deemed a spinster and the only child left of a successful cattleman. She’s worked hard to gain her father’s respect and has high hopes to run the operation. She fears if the orphans stay she’ll be stuck in the kitchen with her mother.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Very close to five stars, but for my personally preference it was a little heavy on the dialogue at times. I absolutely adored the characters in this story! Although I will admit it took me a bit to warm up to Nara. This book is plot and character driven, but I will also add that I felt the author did a good job giving each character a secondary story of sorts within the main plot. I loved reading about Patrick’s gentle soul and learning to train the wild mustang horses. I highly recommend this book!