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on Feb. 18, 2011 :
This was a great read! I enjoyed Kate's many adventures. This story starts in Chicago, rather innocently, and gets progressively more sinister. Then, Kate is forced into a choice she may not have made for herself and finds a humble new life in Phoenix. This tale is woven with skill and, like the other book I have read written by Susan Wells Bennett, shows this author's promise.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2010 :
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and I found it at Smashwords. I would recommend it to anyone. A really good and easy read.
Like just about nearly every other person, I’m from Chicago and currently live in Phoenix. This is what drew me to this book. I grew up in the 60’s, so a lot of things in this book were familiar to me and the author does a good job portraying them.
This book is in two stages. The first stage begins with Katy. She is a Irish woman married to an Italian man. This alone would be enough to make your life tough but her husband, Frank, ends up getting involved with the Chicago Outfit. It begins just after World War II as returning GI’s found jobs hard to get. Frank has to take work where he can, and like a lot of guys, he starts as a mechanic for the mob and works his way up.
They dream about leaving and starting a new life but they both just keep getting deeper and deeper into it. The Outfit likes to keep their own close and the alternative is bad for your health. At the end of part one Katy has an insane choice to make and her decision makes her a wanted woman.
Part two starts as Katy travels to Phoenix. This was the 1950’s and not many people were coming the desert. She arrives and has nothing. She ends up taking on menial work to support herself and works for years to rebuild her life. She makes some good friends along the way but none of them know about her past. She meets a man who, for the first time in years, awakens her heart. Problem is, he’s from Chicago!
(reviewed the day of purchase)