I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because of the different stories that were told and how they all occured in Momma's kitchen. On the other hand, I didn't like how there wasn't a chronological sequence of events leading up to something. Personally, I like to read a stories where there is a definite plot line and the reader can see how the characters develop over that particular span of time established by the story. However, this book did something slightly different. This book is divided into eight short stories that occured in the kitchen of this house, specifically referred to as "Momma's kitchen". These stories differ by the characters involved, the time of year/seasons, and the particular situation but they all have the same setting of Momma's kitchen. In addition to the setting, there are overarching feelings/emotions of harmony and affection anchored into each story. Even if there is a chaotic situation such as in the story "Janie's Apples" with baskets of apples are spilling onto the floor along with water and the cat running from the kitchen, the family seems to laugh about it in the end. I believe that this is the main purpose of the book because it shows how a family grows through the experiences and events in one room.