by Elsie Doig Townsend

What should a mother with five preschool children—including two sets of twins—do when her rancher husband suddenly dies? Should she struggle to "keep the family together" or let some of the children be reared in other homes where they would have greater physical comforts and more financial security? If she should decide on the latter alternative, which youngsters would she keep ... which would she give away?

Few people have to make such excruciating decisions. The author did.

Out of her experience comes this story of determination versus despair, faith versus fear, laughter versus tears. Beset by illnesses, harsh Montana weather, and the eternal necessity to keep food on the table, young Widow Doig had her moments of almost insurmountable frustration and bitterness, but she usually managed to mix a wholesome amount of levity with her loneliness and fatigue.

Returning to her profession of teaching, she managed to provide a living for her children and in the process helped numerous young people with both their academic and personal problems. The book ends with her remarriage, but the story goes on and gets happier by the year.