What is the time period in which the book happens?
I think it had to be from long ago. Today times have changed. People have lost a lot of their traditions. There is little time for tradition as everybody is in a hurry.
What problems does one of the characters have, and how does he or she solve it?
Nana and grandpa struggled very hard to make a living. But they also helped a neighbor with mortgage payments. They gave in order to receive.
Where did the story take place?
The book is written while Lori is in her 50's. But the story runs over a hundred years.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.