I actually miss reading amazing `life-story with conflicts’ kind of books. I love literary, historical fiction that invites the reader into the privacy of people’s every day, seemingly ordinary lives. But these lives are rarely ordinary, definitely not boring at all! It splices open emotions that run deep in anyone when you read about lives torn apart by gossip, discrimination and bullying of the deadliest kind. I found that in this book and it was enthralling. Especially loved the Oscar Wilde quotes and the events of his own experience with prejudice and persecution, which were the central theme of the novel.
The main character Mildred Dunlap, one of the richest women in the small town of Red River Pass, Nevada, has her secrets, and she likes it that way. Never endowed with good-looks or charm, she finds herself the target of ridicule quite often in the form of the gossip `hens’ of town. In an attempt to protect herself and her not so conventional relationship with her cousin Edra, she willingly subjects herself to more. Discovering an unlikely friendship in the man she uses to accomplish this, Charley, she becomes the main recipient of the rumor-mill headed up by the ever so hateful Josie and her bored housewives type of circle. Tragedy blossoms in excess from the careless actions, words of prejudice and jealousy of others to a harrowing end.
I found this story pretty addicting. I wanted to see what happened when things did get out of hand in this rural, 1800’s setting town. I was afraid for Mildred and Edra, I also cheered Charley on for whatever it was he wanted. He is a kind soul and it showed. I was surprised how well he took to the events that unfolded around him. He made this story. He brought out emotional spots and brings a reader to invest in his life and the ones he loves with simple actions. I have to say, I hated, hated, hated Josie! What she does is just horrid. It’s just so tragic; it wasn’t pretty and cut so deep into the lines of segregation of many types, you want to shake her to death. Literally!
The storytelling was fascinating and I enjoyed it. Awesome read!
I received this book free for an honest review from the author via WaAr (a facebook review group).
(Editor’s note: Review done by Prolific Best Selling Author Alexia Purdy: http://www.alexiapurdy.com/)