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In 1890s Cripple Creek, Colo., Mary McHugh's ideal life is shattered when her father, Daniel, loses his leg in a mining accident. Following the accident, Daniel, once jubilant and the life of the family, becomes depressed and unresponsive to Mary and her mother. As Daniel's emotional state continues to deteriorate, Mary and her mother are challenged to find ways to provide financially for their family while encouraging Daniel. Mary's mother takes in laundry, and Mary gets baby-sitting jobs. Daniel is further discouraged when the mining company does not offer him a desk job after his recovery.
Mary is determined her father will be happy again and the family will remain in their home in Cripple Creek. She tries to encourage Daniel to return to his hobby of carving wooden figurines or “reminders,” as he refers to them. The carvings represent happy memories that the family has spent together. Mr. Brown, a store owner, sees one of the carvings that Mary has while she is shopping at his store. He admires it, offers to buy it from her and wants to sell it at the store. Mary initially declines to sell her cherished carving, but she goes home and persists in her request to her father to start his carving hobby again.
Mary's patience and persistence pay off when Daniel begins carving again. Mary secretly sells some of the figurines to Mr. Brown. Mary's actions help her father discover a new way to provide for his family, and they are able to remain in their home.
Church attendance is mentioned.
Other Belief Systems
The book mentions the mother and father kissing. Mary mentions walking past the painted-ladies' house and closing her eyes so she wouldn't get a glimpse of something or someone she didn't want to see.
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