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Lies in White Dresses

A Novel
Narrated by: Nan McNamara
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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In the 1940s and '50s, women who needed a fast divorce went to Nevada to live on a ranch with other women in the same boat. This historical novel was inspired by the true stories of those who "took the Reno cure".

Francie Meeker and Vi Carothers were sold a bill of goods: Find a man, marry him in a white wedding gown, and live happily ever after. These best friends never expected to be on the train to Reno, those “lies in white dresses” shattered, their marriages over.

On board the train, they meet June Samples, who is fleeing an abusive husband with her daughter, and take the vulnerable young mother under their wing. The three decide to wait out the required six weeks together, and then they can toss their wedding bands into the Truckee River and start new lives as divorcees.

But as they settle in at the ranch, one shocking moment will change their lives forever. As it brings their deceptions and fears into focus, it will also demand a reckoning with the past, and the choices that a person in love can be driven to make.

©2019 Sofia Grant (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Good premise, but it got lost

The author had a good idea for an interesting story, but she lost its potential with too many silly plot devises ( the young girl trying her hand at being a detective added nothing to the story) and implausibilities. The narrator did a good job with weak material.