The second time line is 1916, when Pearl the eldest sister who is a dreamer, lives with her widowed farther, Alice the next eldest sister and the one who does most if not all of the cooking and cleaning along with with 4 other younger sisters. All is fine until John comes to help the farther for the summer.
The most enjoyable thing about Dovetail is how the the writer drip feeds little bits of intrigue and clues at the start of the novel, for example why did Jo not now about his Grandma or even if she was his Grandma in the first place, this keep you interested as a reader, as Karen McQuestion eases you into both the story and her writers style, which in this novel is enjoyable to read
The only thing I will say that slightly took away from the book is the ending, (don’t worry no spoilers), in that everything seemed to be wrapped up at the end. This is only a personal preference, and did not distract from the end but, sometimes I like and author to leave a little bit of the ending to the readers imagination.
This is the first book that I have ever read by Karen McQuestion and I really enjoyed both the writing style and the story and feel I can highly recommend Dovetail not only to your TBR, but to one of those books on your TBR never ending list that you actually read