1930s

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A Week from Sunday

I requested this Dorothy Garlock because, though I knew she’d been around for ages, I’d never read a book by her before. When I told my mom during a phone call that I was reading Dorothy Garlock, she said "Oh, I used to really like her." Those two facts should have alerted me to the fact that Ga ...

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Mother Road

Dorothy Garlock first drew my attention when she moved from 19th century to 20th century American settings, mining a time period that I love, and that has so far been underused by romance authors. I've read and enjoyed several of her books, and Mother Road is another to add to the list. Garlock s ...

B
The Edge of Town

The little town of Fertile, Missouri between the wars is the setting for this novel of love, crime, and secrets. There are lots of characters and subplots, but three main threads emerge. The first thread is about Julie Jones, an innocent, wholesome farm girl who left school at age fifteen when he ...

A
Memoirs of a Geisha

Once in awhile there comes a story so completely transporting that, from the exhilarating experience of reading it, you emerge almost wordless. A review cannot fully describe what is indescribably beautiful. But I will say this: Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha is among the handful of works that ...

B
One O'Clock Jump

Tom Brokaw's bestseller The Greatest Generation made a lot of people nostalgic for the WWII era. Certainly, Brokaw's book didn't sugar-coat things, but people's memories do. The problem with nostalgia is that we only tend to dwell on the heroic, adventurous aspects of a time, and forget about the da ...