I'm obsessed with rainbows so the fact that this story takes place in Rainbow was immediately appealing to me. I actually didn't realize that the time period was the 1960's until a little way into the story. The party line was a great touch. Alice with her Mom and brother come from Ohio back to Rainbow to live with her Grandma who has a memory disorder. Her Dad has left them and Alice has to deal with moving, the uncertainty of whether he'll be back, and fitting into the small town her parents left years ago.
Alice ends up meeting Miss Millie and walking her dog, who doesn't want to walk with her alone. Miss Millie turns out to be funny and wise and they click as friends despite their many differences. As they walk every day Miss Millie shares the stories of her past, the town and the people who live there. There is a nice side plot of how deaf people were treated then (Alice's brother Eddie is hearing impaired) and the terrible realities of racism.
I cried towards the end of the book and felt happy that I got to hear Miss Millie's stories too.
We've had two pets die in the last month so my middle-grade kid is taking a hiatus from reading anything that light- but I'll save this a couple months and I bet he will enjoy it too.
Tamara Bundy was kind enough to send me this book to review.
Available today on Amazon or tomorrow at your library!