High Meadow: The Whispered History of a Homestead Plot and Its People
by Robert Billimack
High Meadow: The Whispered History of a Homestead Plot and Its People is the compelling story of a 160-acre homestead plot in the Town of Avon, Rock County, Wisconsin. It tells of the beautiful but difficult rolling, ridge-top land and people who struggled with it for sustenance of their bodies and spirits over the past 150 years.
Readers will see their own contemporary moral choices reflected in stunningly beautiful Lydia Cotton, a young mother of four, convicted of murder. Personal hopes and betrayals will frame their empathy for exuberant John Wehrheim, galloping fast over the hills of High Meadow, unaware of the plot to smash his dreams to shards. And then there is Timothy Law, whom readers will be better and wiser people for meeting. It had seemed to all a simple formula bountiful land, hard work, faith in the Creator, and neighbors helping each other would equal prosperity and security for all. A good formula, until the cruelty of nature and meanness of the human heart rewrote it almost beyond recognition.
Having given and taken away from its owners on its own terms, the land of High Meadow is now returned to the native prairie grasses and masses of wind-whipped wildflowers that flourished here for thousands of yearslong before James and Hannah Donovan first stood waist-deep in golden grass, stunned by its beautiful promise, unaware of its lurking cruelty.
(2015, Paperback, 62 pages)