This stark tale describes life in the early years of the 1900s. Yesterday’s Tomorrows begins in 1906, when eight-year-old Ruth escapes a fire with her half-sister. However, the rest of her family perish in the blaze and the girls are taken in by their aunt and uncle. Ruth later leaves school to work in the local mill, where she falls for a young man named Billy. Like many couples, Ruth and Billy discuss their future and the children they intend to have. Their plans go awry when Billy enlists in World War I. He goes missing in France and is presumed dead. Meanwhile, Ruth meets another man but refuses a relationship with him until she is certain of Billy’s fate. When Ruth learns that Billy was seriously injured, she goes to him and he tells her that he can no longer father children. Deeply in love, Ruth tells him that it doesn’t matter and they marry. The Dark Secret comes into play when Ruth is ravished one night and becomes pregnant by her unknown assailant. Billy pretends that he is the father, but before the child is born Billy kills himself. What happens next includes startling revelations that will continue into the book’s sequel. Will Ruth find a happy ending?
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