Like the Willow Tree
Latest in the popular "Dear America" series, Like the Willow Tree is the diary of eleven-year-old Lydia Amelia Pierce of Portland, Maine. Orphaned by the devastating 1918 epidemic of Spanish Influenza, Lydia and her older brother Daniel are taken to be raised by the Shakers in their small community at Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Mourning the loss of her parents and sister, and desperately worried by her brother's sullen anger, Lydia struggles to make sense of her changed life. As the seasons change, she gradually learns to know and love the devout Shaker sisters who become her new family.