Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
A Novel Chatter Reading Roundup Book Review, a few well chosen words about books that I don't want you to miss...
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
By Amy Hill Hearth
Atria Books, 272 pages
Formats: paperback, e-readers and audio
blurb from the publisher:
A brilliant debut novel from a New York Times bestselling author about a transplanted wife from Boston who arrives in Florida in the 1960s, starts a literary salon, and shakes up the status quo.
In 1962, Jackie Hart moved to Naples, Florida, from Boston with her husband and children. Wanting something personally fulfilling to do with her time, she starts a reading club and anonymously hosts a radio show, calling herself Miss Dreamsville.
The racially segregated town falls in love with Miss Dreamsville, but doesn’t know what to make of Jackie, who welcomes everyone into her book club, including a woman who did prison time for allegedly killing her husband, a man of questionable sexual preference, a young divorcee, as well as a black woman.
By the end of this novel, you’ll be wiping away the tears of laugher and sadness, and you just may become a bit more hopeful that even the most hateful people can see the light of humanitarianism, if they just give themselves a chance.
My "Reading Roundup Reviews" are quick and to the point, so that being said, I just loved the tarnation out of Miss Dreamsville ...after I got past the fear of sterotyping chatacters. Pretty fast, I realized that these were strong, solid, but quirky people. And isn't that the types of people who make up our own worlds? Yeah, that's what I thought too. We open with Dora Witherspoon, who's now 80, looking back on the happenings in Naples in 1962. I wondered how these five souls would find something or some one to come together for or over, and watching them become something more than "strangers" is the best part of this crazy "ride" that author Amy Hill Hearth is taking us on.
I know this book was released last fall, but it sure screams SUMMER FUN READ to me! The characters and the situations are great, and I found myself carrying my e-reader with me everywhere I went. I really didn't want to see the end of Dora's story.
Wrapping up this "Reading Roundup Review", I say buy it, borrow it from a library, lend it to a friend when you're done. It's a great ride that Dora takes us on, in a fabulous convertible, up and down the highways of Florida with Miss Dreamsville in 1962!
**This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.