All Dinah wants is to get away from her small backwoods shack and live the good life in a large town with a fine husband, a beautiful house, and servants to cater to her every whim. When a traveling salesman gets her pregnant, her dreams are shattered. Or are they? Through a series of large life events, Dinah holds tightly to her youthful dream of living the good life and plans to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Will it mean losing the one man that loves her or her children?
I have to admit, this is unlike any other romance I've read. I was captivated right away by the down to earth spirits of the characters. It didn't take more than a few pages for them to become dear people that I cared about. I had a little adjustment with the time period just because I'm not familiar with it. I always associated the early 1900's with frontiers and villages and farms. It's a little difficult for me to get into spit curls and stock crashes.
Dinah's journey is not one you'll want to miss. Though there were several times I wanted to crawl into the book and smack some sense into her, she's a strong, capable woman who I'm glad to have gotten to know. The book spans nearly 20 years of her life. Sadly, it takes her that long to learn a lesson. Sometimes, wanting something is much more consuming than actually having what you want.
You'll find murder, intrigue, romance, politics and outright laughter between these pages. Don't be fooled though, no one is safe from DeBacco's harsh pen. Just when you're getting comfortable, she pulls the rug out from under you and you have to readjust to the story. Exquisitely done.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Shawn