I loved this book. It is set in 1916. When free-thinking Roberta Jewett returns to her hometown of Camden, Maine, she discovers that small town folk consider a divorced woman little more than a prostitute. Condemned by her mother and scorned by neighbors, she nonetheless perseveres in her struggle to forge a good life for her girls and herself. Behaving like no " respectable" woman would, she gets a job as a county nurse, learns to drive, and buys her very own Model T. Enbittered by her painful marriage to an unfaithful husband, she has no intention of being any man's victim again. So when widowed carpenter Gabriel Farley begins work renovating her house, Roberta's first response to him is blatant resentment. But Gabriel's quiet vibrant masculinity soon finds a way to soothe Roberta's heart. In the ultimate test of will and devotion she must depend on the man she has grown to love and summon the courage to stand up to an entire town.
I enjoyed this book. This book is an enjoyable read from a few perspectives. It gives a good glimpse into New England life in the early motorcar era, it has a good feminist mother charachter and has a nice romance story too. Its an easy read and is a cover to cover all in one sitting type. Perfect for a Summer evening on the porch:)
This is another Americana novel from LaVyrle Spencer. I have read all of her books and every one is well written and enchanting. Her stories never fail to touch the heart and this one set in early 1900's New England is no exception.
I am so very sad that Mrs Spencer retired a few years ago and is no longer writing. IMO her books set a standard of excellence in romance novels.
Not a huge fan of LaVyrle Spencer but I loved this book!!
This book takes place in the early 20th century when society really looks down on divorce. This book is a wonderful display of how a hard working divorcee fights to raise your daughters successfully and show her hometown community that there is nothing wrong with a divorcee. I liked this book a lot.