I loved this book and I loved Hattie. Her spunk and determination shown thru on every page. I really enjoyed the letters between her and Charlie and how Charlie's changed over the time spent in war-a very believable account of how a young boy went from being idealistic to realistic as his friends died around him. Hattie learning that family had nothing to do with who your blood relatives are but who will be there for you and stand by you in good times and bad touched my heart. People who will help and not expect something in return but do so because they have love to give like Periliee(who was my second fav character). I know myself that sometimes these people can be your only true family-the family you make for yourself.