There really was no story, just a chronology of an era through a midwestern woman's life. It was a pleasant book and had some salient views of society and morals and non-standard relationships, but no real tension or depth.
The main character is lovely, and her evolution while in New York is a charming story. It just should've ended there. Still highly recommended.
Fun, entertaining, unique
When Cora attempts to mimic Louise's seductiveness with the German
I laughed a few times
Historic True Fiction
When I realized the main characters were real people! The book is not just a well told story but about people who lived. While the summer in New York is pivotal, it is what happens in Cora's life afterwards that is interesting.
When Cora realizes that the person she had been in Louise's eyes that summer was truer than she had thought at the time. As she realizes this, she accepts the way her own attitudes and beliefs are evolving.
I went into it thinking it was a piece of historic fiction. Later, I realized that there must have been a lot of research into the book. The difference is that the story in fiction can be shaped. In this case, the outcome would not change, but the process of Cora's insights and the choices she made was presented through the storytelling. It is also an interesting story in that Cora lived two lives, the one in her home and the one outside her home.
I have a general rule of only listening to books while on the treadmill. It was such an interesting, thoughtful, and captivating listen, so it served as a great motivator. I am picky and I can truly say I loved it!
I love the use of on-going themes. A bit of everything is in this book, and written for the most part in a thoughtful manner.
A truly great listen with something for everyone!
I plan to recommend this book to my friends who love books as much as I do.
I liked that the story took me down I path I never expected. I had no idea that these things went on quietly in homes in the U.S. during this time period. I was very SURPRIZED to say the least.
The most shocking scene was my favorite; when Cora learns the truth about Alan.
Absolutely. It takes a look at a conservative period of time touched by controversial personal challenges and the compromises and conclusions made by the heart.
The twists and surprise plot turns.
Absolutely perfect narration. I can't imagine anyone who could have done it better.
Cloe - because of the unique experiences through out her life.
Historical fiction is something I truly enjoy and I really wanted to love this book the way others have. Personally, I never grew to like the main character Cora much, though she wasn't as frustrating in the final chapters.
I also didn't care much for Louise, her young charge. At the moment I believe it was meant for the reader to finally understand Louise & see her differently, I only felt pity.
The story is interesting, though felt a bit thin. The writing is enjoyable but I just wasn't carried away to New York City in the 20's as I had hoped.
Ms. McGovern was a pleasure to listen to.
You couldn't convince me that while I listening to the story that I wasn't there! In fact, when Cora met the German for an orange soda, I pictured them seated at a small round table with 'wire' backed chairs.........and that's exactly what it was! That was an eerie feeling!!
I got a kick out of Louise because I've known girls exactly like her and have myself owned many of her traits. But Cora was my favorite because of her learned ability to adapt to any situation with relative ease.
The opening scene was laid out so well that I was actually sitting in the coupe while waiting for it to stop raining! Usually I have to get well into a book before I know where I am and what I'm supposed to be thinking.
I couldn't pick just one. Each character vividly came to life for me.
If you're at all interested in buying this book, don't hesitate! It was worth it and I WILL listen to it again.
I don't think I'd listen to it again.... there's so many other titles that I'd like to hear.
The meeting between Cora and Mary O'Dell. Moriarty clearly illustrated both the familiarity and strangeness shared by the re-united mother & daughter.
This was my first.
This book was peaceful and engaging. I really appreciated NOT having a strong emotional reaction to a book!