Tag Archives: feminism

I’ll Be Seeing You

I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan

Rating:  * * * *

A novel in letters between two women whose husbands are off at war during the 1940s.  Nostalgic, sentimental, sometimes funny, this is a celebration of women who uphold each other, scold and keep each other in line, laugh and cry together, and form a firm bond despite having never met each other in person.

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Donny and Ursula Save the World

Donny and Ursula Save the World by Sharon Weil

Rating:  * * * *

Choose your ism: survival-ism, terrorism, environmentalism, fatalism, cataclysm, botulism (or something like it), escapism. Employing a series of hilariously apt double entendres, this book explores the notions that money is the root of all evil and sex makes the world go around.

I can pretty much guarantee you won’t read another book this year that so brilliantly ties together GMO seeds and belly dancing.

Through NetGalley, I received a copy of this book from Passing 4 Normal Press.

The Trial of Dr. Kate

The Trial of Dr. Kate (Round Rock #2) by Michael E. Glasscock III

Rating:  * * *

Shenandoah returns to the home of her youth to support childhood friend Dr. Kate Marlow and to write a newspaper article about the doctor’s arrest and upcoming trial for the murder of one of her patients.  Set in 1952, The Trial of Dr. Kate explores social class structure in a small community in Tennessee through the eyes of a woman who escaped the bounds of her dirt-poor youth to become an independent working woman, a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), then a college-educated newspaper reporter.

This is an OK book, a quick read.  It skirts some heavy issues – homophobia, sexism, alcoholism, racism, political maneuvering – without fleshing them out.  There are a few anachronisms in speech, but nothing I find jarring.  My only big beef is that the husband of the deceased patient doesn’t speak out until…well, you’ll see what I mean when you read the book.

If you like Nicholas Sparks’ books, you may also like this book.

I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley.

Coincidence Detection, a Jane Wilkinson Mystery

Coincidence Detection, a Jane Wilkinson Mystery by Selaine Henriksen-Willis

Rating:  * * * *

Jane Wilkinson, PI, would rather read than do almost anything else.  When investigating, she uses whatever story she is currently reading as a personal sounding board to note what resonates with her, allowing her detection skills and her intuition to work together.  When a character from the book pops into her head during an investigation, she makes note of it and explores the parallels between the character and the investigation, and why she is reading what she is reading into the book.  Her intuition draws her to parts of the story which ultimately help her solve the case.  “It works for her.”

I look forward to further books in the Jane Wilkinson series.  (None published at this time, to my knowledge.)

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