Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
To the Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman is a story that espouses the human spirit and the values of community; a story with a beautiful setting and characters that will make readers think about what they are doing for their community; a story that revolves around three powerful women and their commitment to bring change to their community by creating an arts center and a library. After the devastation of Prairie Hill by a tornado, Gayle is determined to rebuild her town and to bring life back to it. Angelina is in Kansas for her PhD dissertation, but soon discovers that solving a family mystery could be more important than writing a dissertation. Traci is an artist in residence at the Carnegie Arts Center and her inspiration is about to change the lives of young people in her community. Read on to discover how these three women put together their skills to bring life and culture to their community.
To the Stars Through Difficulties is women's fiction at its best, a story that showcases the role that women play in their communities in a brilliant manner. It’s a story about courage, problem-solving skills, generosity, and resilience. As one reads through the stories, one gets a clear idea of the role that libraries play in community building. The story is told in the first person narrative and from the perspectives of the three women. The prose is wonderfully crafted, charming and heartwarming, and the reader is irresistibly pulled in as they follow each character through the engaging story. The setting comes across vividly and it can’t be difficult for the reader to fit themselves into the story. Romalyn Tilghman is a gifted storyteller with an unusual skill for crafting characters that take a prominent place in the hearts of readers. A wonderful and satisfying read!