Josie Broadhead was the kind of person folks still talk about with a touch of reverence. A simple farmer's wife, she was most at home kneeling in the garden or sitting on a worn chair at the kitchen table. She gave without hesitation, spoke without fear, and believed love really could heal. At the Wisconsin farm she shared with her husband Lee for nearly sixty years, she took in child after child who needed a bed heaped in warm blankets and a refrigerator that was always full, a place where
love and looking-after were never in short supply.
As Josie's granddaughter, Wendy Bilen had spent time in that garden and at that table. But only after years of restless circling through jobs and relationships and moves did she consider who Josie really was. Maybe, Bilen thought, if she could determine what made Josie so remarkable, she might figure out what was missing from her own life.
Josie had been gone a good ten years by then, so Bilen went digging, trying to find her grandmother in the places and things left behind: on the prairie, in county courthouses, in cardboard boxes. As she pieced together Josie's story, she finally got to know the woman she had admired for so long, discovering that the secret to an exceptional life is pretty simple after all.
2009 Next Generation IndieBook Award for Autobiography/Memoir
2008 Midwest IndependentPublishers Association Midwest BookAward forBiography/Memoir
Finalist, 2009 USABookNews National Best Books Award for Autobiography/Memoir
Finalist, 2009 National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir
Midwest Suggestion Pick, Midwest Booksellers Association