Author: Debra L. Hall
It is the summer of 1868 and nothing is more important to Iris Stratton than her love of the prairie, nothing except Andrew Burgess. The previous summer, Andrew traveled from Boston to the spanning plains of Nebraska, packing dreams of becoming a rancher. His stay was brief however, leaving Iris to wonder if she would ever see him again. Then news came from back east. John and Andrew are pushing a massive herd of horses toward the swelling grasslands. Unbridled excitement fills the windy summer days. Iris secretly remains devoted to Andrew, despite the marriage arrangement her father unwittingly sealed at the time of her birth. One day, while preparing for her ‘coming of age’ party, Iris discovers a letter in the attic; a letter written by her long deceased mother. Perplexing questions begin to unfold. When her prim aunt is unwilling to provide the answers, Iris turns to her convalescing father whose only utterance is, “. . . Ivy on the wall. The winds that have blown across the prairie have carried away more than the scent of wildflowers. They have whisked away a startling secret that Iris is determined to reveal.