“Well-written, lyric… Readers will love Ruth's stamina and heart, and come away with a new understanding of immigrant experiences both then and now.”
– Publishers Weekly
“A masterfully written historical novel …Broken Ground is not to be missed.”
– USA Today
"The characters remind the reader that while the world is full of broken people, promises and ground, there is hope. Ruth is an encouraging character who finds herself after losing everything."
– RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)
"A wonderfully engaging and consistently compelling read... highly recommended."
– Midwest Book Review
"The evocative story proceeds fluidly, in the strong and delightful voice that is Ruth’s. The stark landscape of Oklahoma, the emotional tugs of the heart, and the rewarding outcomes all meld together to form a compelling novel."
– Historical Novel Society
"Karen Halvorsen Schreck has done it again… Engaging, lyrical, and inspirational"
– Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Feathered Bone
"Karen Halvorsen Schreck tells a compelling story, emotionally honest and beautifully written.
– Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Opposite of Everyone
"With the greatest empathy and insight, Broken Ground lays bare the brutal reality of a young widow's struggle to survive in Depression-era America. Schreck captures the subtleties of the American South and West with such muscle–her detailed eye snagging every detail–that I felt as if I’d been dropped into another time and place."
– Christine Maul Rice, author of Swarm Theory
“A wonderful novel… large-hearted and well-researched...makes an important contribution to current debates about immigration andprovides a much-needed example of Christianity as a force for compassion,enlightenment, and social justice.”
– Trudy Lewis, author of The Empire Rolls