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Love, education and adventure in a time of innocence and rebellion Feb 12, 2008
Today's audiences think of turn-of-the-century anxiety as a millenial event. But there was another century, not too long ago, just as fraught with controversial pop culture icons (Walt Whitman), risque young women and yellow journalism. Tying it all together was all-American, small-town life with its ubiquitious eyes and ears, juxtaposed with an uncivilized West that beckoned to America's young men with its promise of gold and land prospecting.
This novel combines the excitement of graduating high school with the innocence and new rebellion of the 20th century.
The author adeptly weaves together a healthy blend of romance, seduction, intrigue, wealth, war (the Spanish American one), poverty, modern technology, social status and healthcare, plus a few notable historical cameos (William Randolph Hearst) to create a rich and varied universe that recalls our past with fondness and realism and creates a heckuva page-turner in the process.
Olivia's Friends Dec 30, 2007
I received this book as a Christmas gift from a relative of the author. I knew that I HAD to read it. I spent the day after Christmas snuggled in the bed with my cat Emma. I couldn't put the book away. I loved it. Whew! The incredible imagery takes one back in time. I am in awe that anyone can finish a novel. This one deserves a 5-star, great-read rating.