Burt navigates issues of family, land, love and loss with clarity and skill. Her beautiful poetic language tells the story of a family and a community within a very particular time and place. Although her book is nostalgic and often sad, it resonates with the energy that Ellen brought to her rural life, a life assembled from everything she knew she wanted: family, animals, children, picking apples, milking cows, visits with neighbours, and stories from the Old Timers. This is a book full of great stories and wonderful images, stories of a time that will not return. It is an important record and a reflection of the people who worked hard to create community and friendship living close to the land despite the hardships that often came their way.