Anyway, I have met her, and she’s incredibly nice…and smart! If you recognize the name from FB, you’ll smile remembering Spencer, long runs, and more than a few injuries. And unless you’ve been under a rock, you know she had her first book released Aug 8th.
I’m not qualified to be a “Book Reviewer” but as a friend, fellow author, and a supporter of women’s fiction I wanted to share a few thoughts. (Partly because I feel a little guilty since I’ve had the manuscript since May.) In my own defense, I was treading water trying to get my own book finished, and juggle a dozen other things. Ergo, I was not able to focus on, what I consider a richly woven story, with intricate characterizations, and historical depth. This is NOT a beach read. It’s a story you’ll want to crawl into and savor.
It’s a well constructed, with complex story lines that weave from the present to the past. The characters will draw you into tragedy of time and place. It is laced with courage and determination. They are women with whom you will become very familiar.
Through discussions about her research, I discovered lost memories of my own mother and probably hundreds like her. They migrated to the big cities in search of an undefinable dream for something more. Any of the women in this story could have been telling my mother’s story.
Sadly, I was too self-absorbed as a teen-twenty year old to ask–and then I lost her too soon, so I’ll never know. Through Sandra’s story, however, I believe I got a glimpse of what it was like for her in Chicago during the 1930’s. For that I’m very grateful to the author.
Don’t take my word for it, get your own copy or at least, check out a sample from Amazon.
I’m grateful to Sandra and so many women writers who are moving writing forward by telling new stories that push our boundaries and tell our stories to a new generation.