One way in which I hope to reach the heart of my readers is through the notion that love transcends boundaries. This is a reoccurring theme throughout my novel, Feather in the Straw. What are the boundaries set up that could possibly be a potential barrier to love? In Feather in the Straw there are six children; Ida, Nanette, Gretel, Ralphie, Ike and Dean, who are not biologically Claire and Harvey’s children. The children were dropped off on the doorstep of the wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary where Claire and Harvey live. Claire could have ultimately figured out a way to not raise them, if she wanted to. Claire and Harvey very much wanted children of their own, the six children in the Feather in the Straw range in ages from toddler hood to teens. In my experience with foster children, it’s never easy for children who aren’t biologically yours to instantly accept the love and trust that you have for them. With this comes many problems that could be a barrier to building strong family bonds. Claire clings to her stance on atheism, and doesn’t allow herself to feel loved by a higher being. She has drawn a line in the sand and built a wall of sorts around her guarded heart. Harvey, an Orthodox Jew, who finds Jesus, loves his wife despite her atheism, and doesn’t want to risk her rejecting this truth all together. Harvey, who is a lawyer and a pilot, has been somewhat of a workaholic, since his first wife and child died. That fact that he is a workaholic could potentially be a boundary builder and could cause mistrust issues between them, but Claire realizes his pain and loves Harvey despite this. Feather in the Straw is set in the 1950’s when racial tensions are high. The six orphaned children come from a well-to-do family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana throughout Feather in the Straw, the children must learn to overcome their own prejudices about Claire and Harvey’s mysterious black neighbors.