Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society

My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013.  I just finished book 18.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Sociey by Amy Hill Hearth
Summary: Set in Naples, Florida in 1962, this fiction novel is the story of seven people, all misfits for one reason or another, that form a literary society and become unlikely friends.  Jackie, who comes from Boston and shakes things up (she starts the society); Dora, 30ish and divorced (she is the narrator of the book); Miss Lansbury (the librarian); Mrs. Bailey White (an elderly woman recently released from prison after serving time for the death of her husband); Priscilla (a young colored girl - using the terminology from the book); Plain Jane (a single woman in her 50's that writes poetry); and Robbie-Lee Simpson ("Collier County's only obvious homosexual").

This was a quick, light, "fluff" read.  That is not an insult, I like fluff - while I couldn't live on it, it's refreshing and comforting sometimes to pick up a book and know that no matter what happens during the story, there will be a neatly wrapped resolution at the end.  This book did not disappoint.  I like the author's writing style and appreciate that she knows that fluff doesn't have to equal formulaic.        

Recommended if you're looking for a light read, but not something I would make a huge effort to seek out.

Quote of the Blog:
"We were a little band of oddballs trying to survive in a time and place where sameness was revered." ~ Amy Hill Hearth (from the book Miss Dreamsville...)

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