Hard Knocks and High Hopes focuses on two individuals and their lives from 1907 to when they meet following World War I. It is a compelling historical novel that tells two coming of age stories. Raymond, an orphan from Kansas, runs away from indentured servitude to ride the rails with his friend Dwayne. They find a challenging and sometimes dangerous world awaiting them. Raymond changes his name to Richard for a fresh start and self protection.
Annie, the courageous young woman of the story, defies her parents' wishes by leaving their homestead and pursuing an education. After the war, Richard and she meet. He feels he has found his true love. But their difficulties have only just begun as their dreams do not coincide.
This is a tale of adventure, danger, love and loss. The characters will resonate with you long after the final page.