“By the way, do you two know what ‘hobo’ really means?”
“It means ‘homeward bound’.”
Fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin is alone. Her mother died when she was five and her father has spent the years in-between providing for Iris, but not caring for her. Now he wants to open up a new shoe store in Kansas City but unbeknownst to Iris, she will not be joining him and his young girlfriend. Instead, she will be shipped off to rural Wellesford, Missouri, where she has been hired out to serve as housekeeper and companion to Dr. Avery Nesbitt’s elderly mother. Slowly, Iris allows herself to be drawn into this warm and compassionate little family. But as is too often the case in Iris’s short life, tragedy strikes again and she must find a way to make peace with her past in order to carve out her future. Set in 1926, Stuber’s debut novel is a quietly beautiful tale of love, loss, family, and growing up.