Published by Knopf Books on January 8th 2013
In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.
But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.
First Impression: I have always loved a solid historical fiction novel, so when I heard about this book, I knew I would love to dig right into the story.
While Reading: Georgie is not a typical girl, she loves to shoot and cannot think of anything better than taking over her Grandfather's store when she grows older. Her older sister has her mind set on other plans and Agatha flees one day after her engagement is broken off to a wealthy man. A body with the dress she left in was brought back to town several days later and hardly easy to identify. Georgie attends Agatha's funeral but with the idea that her sister is not dead and she wants to find out what really happened to Agatha.
With the help of one of Agatha's former beaus, Billy, she sets off to the town the body was found in. Georgie is a stubborn yet loveable character. She does not believe that her dear sister could be dead and cannot rest until she finds the truth. While on her journey, Georgie finds out more about Billy, the reason that Agatha's engagement was broken off, and that there are dangers she's never thought about in the wild and in civilization.
I really felt engulfed in this story and Georgie's character drew me in quickly to the story. She has a unique voice that brings everything to life. I loved the different historical aspects added into the story and how it centered around the arriving of pigeons and what the meant for a town in the 1870s.
Final Verdict: One Came Home is a great historical fiction, with lots of heart and soul poured into the characters. A touching story that really shows a young girl coming into her own as she struggles with loss and embarks on a life-changing adventure.