Tested by scandal, heartbreak, and tragedy, each woman will write her own courageous ending to St. Barbara's story." (Description via Goodreads).
When I picked up this book to read it, I didn't really know much about it, having only briefly read the description a few weeks prior. Sometimes those are the most interesting books! I learned so much about mining life and this Mine War, while being thrown into these four women's lives through the excellent character development. We all know how I am attracted to character-driven novels and this one definitely shone in that area. Drama with a punch.
I also loved the idea of St. Barbara having such a large role in this story, not ever having heard of her before. I don't know a whole lot about saints, but having a town pageant dedicated to this particular patroness of miners was fascinating. Though I didn't grow up anywhere near a mining town, the people of The Hive and the way life was led there truly reminded me of my own small town, with its quiet caste system and drama-filled lives.