On the coldest day in Texas—February 12, 1899—Shyanne Jones and her dual sister, Shenandoah, are snowbound of their schoolhouse within the Panhandle, in addition to the teacher—Shyanne’s cherished pass over Gibson—and Josh Paul more youthful, the cutest boy within the county. earlier than rescuers can dig them out, Shenandoah’s frail center is weakened by way of the critical temperature. Gravely sick, she whispers her merely wish.
Bracing opposed to the hurricane, Josh Paul and pass over Gibson reduce the only tree inside of miles to supply her want, and the 4 have fun Christmas ten months early. whilst Shenandoah dies, Shyanne bitterly regrets the cruel final phrases her sister ever heard from her.
Shyanne’s father, having misplaced his estate within the Civil warfare, drowns his sorrows in drink, and after Shenandoah’s dying, deserts the family members. Then, to Shyanne’s disgust, her mom makes her annual announcement—another child is at the means. it will likely be the 8th baby within the family.
Guilt over Shenandoah’s loss of life, a fearful abdominal round Josh Paul which may purely suggest love, and contention with snippy Priscilla Babcock, the town’s wealthy lady, all mix to make Shyanne unsatisfied and pessimistic. Will she need to surrender college and look after her brothers so her mom can paintings, or worse, stream to her grandmother’s residence and develop into a woman? Or may perhaps Josh Paul be correct? Do miracles occur and is there rather a happy-ever-after?
The Coldest Day in Texas is alive with pleasure and drama, from a snow fall to a prairie fireplace, reunion picnics and an outstanding jackrabbit hunt to a wagon-trip to the Palo Duro Canyon, from the demise of 1 baby to the delivery of another.
And Shyanne Jones is without doubt one of the spunkiest ladies ever to race during the adventures of turning out to be up within the Texas Panhandle.