This was really a lovely read. I enjoyed seeing the Atchison and small-town Missouri of almost a century ago. (And learned some fascinating historical trivia--how women of the time purchased Kotex, for example. Who knew? The book wears Stuber's historical research lightly, but you can tell that she really dug into that research.) Iris is a believable and likeable heroine. I think a lot of teenage girls will identify with her feelings of frustration and helplessness early in the book and will love her all the more as she gains confidence AND competence. Drama, humor, romance: It's like a good old-fashioned story that also dares to dig beneath the surface of things. Well-done!