In 1888 in Mayfield, Texas, a girl lived in her parents’ home until she married or became a teacher. But Marty, the oldest of six children, has seen her mother exhausted by child-bearing and the unpredictability of cotton farming, and Marty won’t begin that life without fighting for an education and the chance to be a doctor.
Dr. Klinefelder encourages her to attend a nursing school opening in Galveston, but Marty is determined not to settle for anything less than her dream—until Billy Washburn kisses her, and Marty feels “everything inside of me tighten up and go hot.” Marty’s life is further complicated by her relationships with her family and friends—the people who can help her most but discourage her from leaving the people she loves.
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Published by Texas Christian University Press