Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips.
Ms. Castle has published short fiction under a different name, and she has also written a stage play that was translated into German, produced in a castle near Munich, and sold out three seasons. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She also feels privileged to have been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism.
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Smashwords book reviews by Diane Castle
on April 11, 2012
Christine Keleny has a delightful writing voice which transports you back in time with the main character Rose, a sort of female version of Huckleberry Finn. Rose is an optimistic young woman who altruistically leaves her overburdened family to find work for the summer in the kitchen of a riverboat. Despite her circumstances, Rose is almost always cheerful, and reading her narration is a mood-lift. We follow her through her adventures down the Mississippi, to St. Louis and even New Orleans and back as she receives one heck of a life education along the way.
The adventure is full of interesting juxtapositions and lovable characters. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT: For example,at one point in the story Rose attends a high falutin' private school while secretly living with a black family. At another point, she lives and works in a bordello (in an administrator's capacity, not as a call girl) while attending a private Catholic school. END SPOILER ALERT
The historical details in this book are rich, well-researched, and engaging. At the end of the book the reader discovers that many of the details were actually relayed to the author by a person who lived through the era and worked on a riverboat, which makes this book a wonderful historical recording of the details of an era.