A Coming of Age Story: With a Heart for Any Fate


Based on diaries written between 1908 and 1920, With a Heart for Any Fate, tells the coming of age story of Hazel Hungerford Howland, a young American woman, as she works through her feelings about marrying her young suitor, Carlton Corwith.

As ‘With a Heart for Any Fate’ begins, the year is 1920 and twenty-nine year old Hazel is waiting somewhat impatiently for the arrival of her beau, Carlton Corwith who is coming in on the train from Southampton. Over the course of the next few days, Carlton will be visiting with Hazel at her childhood home in La Ray, New York, and getting to know Hazel’s family.

When he first arrives, Carlton too, is somewhat impatient. He had proposed to Hazel, and now he hopes that soon she will be giving him the answer that he has been anticipating. But first, Hazel wants Carlton to hear the story of how she pursued her childhood dreams of becoming a teacher and succeeded, so he would better understand what it would mean to her if she were to give up her career to become his wife.

Will Hazel accept Carlton’s proposal? You will need to read the story to find out.

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The author, Sharon S. Atkins, provided me with a review copy of With a Heart for Any Fate. If you choose to buy this heartwarming story through the Amazon links in this post, I will receive a small commission that will help maintain this website.
  • Research 9.5
  • Narrative 9
  • Story 10

Written in a creative non-fiction form,  With a Heart For Any Fate is a great summer read. It touches on many aspects of social history in the early twentieth century including women's suffrage, World War 1 and the influenza epidemic that followed. Author Sharon S Atkins, Hazel's granddaughter, has done a wonderful job researching the time period and tells her grandmother's story with compassion and understanding.

9.5 Great Summer Read

Barbara J Starmans is a social historian, freelance writer and obsessed genealogist living in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and has been doing genealogical research for the past 35 years. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Toronto, Canada with professional learning certificates in General Methodology and in English Records and recently become an instructor for them with an intermediate course on Social History.

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