After recently reading Laura McBride’s WE ARE CALLED TO RISE, (now available in paperback) one of my all-time favorite books, you can imagine that I was elated to know that the author's second novel, ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT, was released just last week. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT is a story of four women, each could not be more different than the next, but their lives, without them knowing, come to intersect. McBride takes us back in time, to learn of each woman’s history and how they all end up in Las Vegas. A city that holds for many, a place of dazzling lights, gambling, showgirls, entertainers, and where life is on all the time.
The Las Vegas for June, Honorata, Engracia, and Coral is much different. It is less of a bright lights, big city. There is a constant hunt for who they are, soul searching, hiding, protecting the past but hoping to change the future, and looking for love, the kind of love that is forever.
McBride tells such heartwarming tales but they are not without great sadness. There is a lesson to be learned with every mistake.
‘ROUND MIDNIGHT was clearly framed with the same gift that the author created her previous novel with – the talent to draw you in with a hypnotizing narrative, characters who you can’t let go of, but eventually you must, so that they can reveal their grief along with a time to rejoice.
McBride hints at the possibility of another book in the works. I will be waiting anxiously.