A coming of age tale with strong hints of family secrets and a young woman’s struggle to find her place in a world that is swiftly falling apart. All But What's Left by Carrie Mumford follows the life of a rancher’s daughter, Hannah Tatum, a twenty-one-year old girl who dreams of making a family with her childhood sweetheart — and what can be a better dream for someone who’s lost a mother in a tragic death?
But things change quickly for young Hannah as her father decides to sell the ranch, hiring a professional and mysterious traveling ranch rodeo, Will Ludlow to prepare the ranch for sale. Hannah is determined to stop her father, but as the days pass by, she begins to suspect both her father and his mysterious hire. Even her past might be fraught with more secrets than she’d thought, and was her mom’s death really accidental? How far will Hannah go to unearth the truth?
A delightful read that combines the ambiance of life in the ranch with the intricacies of a young girl’s heart and family secrets to transport readers into the world of the characters. Both the word building and storytelling craft are impeccable, works of a skillful hand.
Carrie Mumford’s gift for prose and character is vividly exemplified in this narrative and I loved how she captures the heartbeats of the characters, highlighting aspects of their humanity and infusing the writing with a rare sense of realism. The narrative starts with a powerful premise — a young girl who sees her dreams threatened and the only hope of a future slowly torn away from her. The reader wants to know what becomes of her and how she handles the dilemma. All But What's Left is enriched by the author’s expert use of suspense which compels the reader to keep turning the pages. I couldn’t put it down.
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