I warn you, this deliciously good book should be consumed with a large dish of ice cream. You know ahead of time that ice cream is indeed a part of this story, but it is so interwoven, that each time you pick this book up you’ll get a craving.
I am drawn to stories from years ago. Times when the world wasn’t ruled by the media, face book, iPhones and the like. I am one of those girls who claims to have been born in the wrong decade. So sue me. I am an old soul. But when I saw the cover of this book I knew it would end up on my book shelf. Then I read the back, not only was it from the early 1900’s, it was a family who came to the U.S. from Russia and overcome some great odds. So of course I had to buy it. And yes, it got read before several other books that I “just had to have.”
This book starts out in Russia in 1913 when Malka Treynovsky comes to America with her family. She is the youngest of 4 daughters and always seems to be in trouble. This is a common theme throughout the book; sometimes endearing, sometimes leaving you shaking your head. Little Malka only wants to be loved and seen as a beautiful good daughter. However, life isn’t always so kind. After an accident, she is cast out from her family and taken in by another, with a new set of rules a different home country and religion. Malka still a bit mischievous at times, tries to make a life with this new family, though not always fitting in. Then comes along a young man named Albert Dunkle.
When Albert gets introduced, you’re not sure what to think of him, but as time goes on you see him for the kind loving man he is. Always supporting his wife and letting her make decisions (especially rare in this time period), he is a man with a big heart.
Albert and Lillian (formerly Malka), make a life together and build an ice cream empire. Everyone in America loves ice cream, so why not make it their ice cream? Albert and Lillian travel the states together and start to make a name for themselves- helping people, the military, getting the polio vaccine out to people, you name it. And in other ways they hurt some.
This is a story of life, love and the decisions we make and how they can affect you. Spanning 70 years, this story will have you cheering for the underdog, even when they’re in the wrong.