In this wonderfully researched novel, we are provided a look into the lives of Frank and Maud Baum, how their lives together formed the classic novel and the inspiration behind some of those memorable characters. I also particularly enjoyed the sections with interactions set during the movie filming between Mrs. Baum and Judy Garland. The descriptions of the movie set were so vivid that I could visualize each scene.
I was not familiar with the backstory of the Baums and found their history very engaging. It was interesting to learn more about women's suffrage and life in the Dakotas as well.
This was a four star read for me that I would recommend to historical fiction fans or anyone who grew up on the Wizard of Oz. I received this book courtesy of Ballantine Books Random House Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.