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  1. says:

    Here is the Arbuckle family from 1916 46 Whew I couldn't put it down Each character is carved and the combination becomes dynamic Sad and filled with tragedy and yet such STRENGTH Very rarely do you get life in the country farm ranch etc away from towns and cities this well honed It's a flavor and pattern that is nearly and completely NOT understood in the me me me world of 2019 And that's why I cherish such honesty in fiction in print It's

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    351916 1945If the freezing Montana winters didn't get you the loneliness on the farms might Silence loneliness and harsh c

  3. says:

    This is an old fashioned saga about a family on a ranch in the southeast corner of Montana The story is told by one of four brothers starting

  4. says:

    45 Although I have not lived on a farm this gave me a picture of how hard the work is and how devastating the depression drought and dust bowl were for those working the land Interesting characters seen over time

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    I just finished reading In Open Spaces It was one of those rare novels that I didn't want to put down Unfortunately life intruded and it seemed to take me forever to read it but I made myself finish it today despite the piles and piles of papers on my desk and next to my deskRussell Rowland's character development of the Arbuckle brothers George Jack Blake and Bob is terrific Blake the first person narrator is so well written that I felt li

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    I seldom give books even good books five stars but this book was so wonderful I couldn't resist it Russell Rowland is a wonderful writer His dialogues in the book are so natural it is almost like you are in the room with the characters listening to them talk His character development was complete and the story line was engrossing I loved the book and I am currently reading the seuel The Watershed Years which so far is as good as his first

  7. says:

    A good old fashioned page turner which follows a Montana ranching family from 1916 1946 Solidly written but few moments of shining prose

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    Set in Montana we step into the lives of the Arbunckle family from 1916 to 1946 through the depression This is a skilled writer who captures place people emotions and the drama of farm life with its hard work many losses

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    I don't read many novels but this novel was truly wonderful Rowland writes a touching story about family in Eastern Montana His tale is about history hope family violence mystery and so much There is something t

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    I am currently taking part in the Around the USA in 52 Books Challenge and what I am enjoying most about the challenge is that I am reading books that I probably wouldn't have given a second glance One such book is In Open Spaces In Open Spaces is a family saga set in the early 20th century that centers on a ranch in Southeastern Montana and the struggles and conflicts of four brothers who work their family ranch I was

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Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946 In Open Spaces is the compelling story of the Arbuckle brothersGeorgeA rising baseball star who mysteriously drowns in the riverJackA World War I veteran who abandon 351916 1945If the freezing Montana winters didn t get you the loneliness on the farms might Silence loneliness and harsh conditions are the norm here and those who are able to stay and endure tend to adopt a phlegmatic approach to life And so it is with the Arbuckle family to the extent that not much is said nor much emotion is shown when the eldest son George drowns this is not a spoiler see the book s blurbFarm duties demand sacrifices and honest hard working Blake another Arbuckle son and the narrator of this family saga has to make at least two potentially life changing sacrifices This too is done uietly and sto cally but underneath the surface resentment simmers as well as suspicions about George Jr s untimely demise In this family where problems are not discussed there are plenty of secretsThen there is the inevitable black sheep of the family Jack who view spoilersimply doesn t fit in who uses the farm s resources for one hare brained scheme after another and who periodically disappears from the scene which results in even work for those left behind hide spoiler

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In Open Spaces

S his family only to return to reclaim the family ranchBobThe youngest brother whose marriage to Helen creates a fault line between him and the rest of his familyBlakeA shrewd observant man burdened with growing suspicions of Jack's role in h I seldom give books even good books five stars but this book was so wonderful I couldn t resist it Russell Rowland is a wonderful writer His dialogues in the book are so natural it is almost like you are in the room with the characters listening to them talk His character development was complete and the story line was engrossing I loved the book and I am currently reading the seuel The Watershed Years which so far is as good as his first book I recommend In Open Spaces to anyone who enjoys reading about the struggles of a western family during the early part of the 20th century

Summary Õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Russell Rowland

Is brother's deathWith breathtaking descriptions of the Montana landscape Russell Rowland masterfully weaves a fascinating tale of the psychological wars that can rip a family apartand ultimately the redemption that can bring them back togeth I don t read many novels but this novel was truly wonderful Rowland writes a touching story about family in Eastern Montana His tale is about history hope family violence mystery and so much There is something to be said about a book that touches the reader in some many ways yet keeps them wondering and thinking I am a big fan of Rowland s nonfiction book West of 98 and now I m a big fan of his novel I plan on reading parts two and three as well another novel and will surely be impressed As a reader who is interested in the American West and Pacific Northwest I feel slightly ashamed for not reading this sooner but happy to have finally read this masterpiece