The Lucinda 'Lucy' Richards trilogy, spanning the years from 1911 to the 1930s, has everything good books should have: a variety of landscapes, characters of all ages and social classes, an overall tenderness that never lapses into sentimentality, and a sense of the comic amidst the tragic. Lucy is feisty, funny, and completely open-armed about life. Josh passionately confronts danger and greed and prejudice with courage and humor and, sometimes, with bare fists. Even the minor characters are so rife with color that you first turn the pages quickly to see what they will do next, and then you turn them slowly so as to savor each page of this remarkable trilogy."I have longed for a wider world, a great adventure. And now it's here. I'm so happy I can hardly breathe". So ends seventeen-year-old Lucinda Richards's diary entry for August 17, 1911, starting her job as the new school teacher for the White Star school in West Texas. Jane Roberts Wood brings to this delightful and affecting epistolary novel a tender touch and a wry sense of humor.Wood, Jane Roberts is the author of 'Train to Estelline The First Novel in a Trilogy', published 2000 under ISBN 9781574410785 and ISBN 1574410784.