Inspiring story. I wish I had the steel of the Rommely women.
I could definitely relate to the part about working young, and having to grow up a little bit faster than your peers. Like Francie, I also had to drop out of school to work, to help out my family, and send my younger siblings to school. Then only later on when I'd saved enough did I try to catch up with everybody else. The part about the graduation bouquet from her dad made me cry. My dad wasn't at my graduation. He did attend my brother's though, the day after. Francie, I know how you feel, to try so hard and still not have it be enough for a parent, and yet you continue trying.
Skipped some parts about the war coming, because they were foreign to me. I'm also sure I missed a few other allusions to events in American history.
I liked how the brother and sister got along. I wonder how that must feel like.
It's a bit of a fairytale though, isn't it? In the end, Francie gets a boyfriend who has a solid career ahead of him, and a kind, rich man marries their mom and solves most of their other problems. I wish I also had a similar happy ending.