The Sight of the Stars
In 1907 Adam Arning turns thirteen, a major event ruined by learning that his parents never married. He works in his father’s shop until age 19, when he decides to head west. Travel-weary Adam considers the train conductor’s mention of the next stop, Chattahoochee, Texas, the ideal place to replenish a dwindling supply of cash. Luckily for him, Adam ventures into Mrs. Rothirsch’s run-down shop. His thought of purchasing new shirts quickly turns to settling a dispute in process, an opportunity for him to show off his merchandising skills. Sharing a few ideas gains Adam the task of rejuvenating the store. This day Adam meets the owner’s young niece Emma, an infrequent visitor from school. The plot remains relatively calm until the more promising of his two half-brothers goes to war, and a past mistake of Adam’s comes back to haunt him.
The author has created another bestseller, but not one rich in suspense or relevance to actual history. Although the novel follows Adam and his descendants over most of the twentieth century, this is more the story of one man’s life than a true multigenerational saga. An easy read, suitable for those who enjoy a light recall of history with their fiction.