I finally have a little time for some light summer reading. I picked up a book at the local library the other day, and Monday evening I settled down on the couch to read.
Darn. I was disappointed. The book (Divining Women by Kaye Gibbons) did not live up to the cover blurb. It sounded good--a story set in 1918 against the backdrop of the end of World War I and the beginning of the flu epidemic, had the makings of a a good read.
Maybe I'm losing patience or getting old and cranky. I want women to be strong and able to speak up and get out of rotten situations on their own. I just could not feel sympathy for the two women who seemed rudderless and spinelss, allowing themselves to be pushed around be everyone from parents to servants to a husband. I tried to tell myself, this is then, not now, and women were different. But it didn't work. I just got more aggravated with the two heroines with every page I turned.
So I'm still looking for a good read. Can anyone recommend something to this librarian that will pull me into a really good, strong story where the characters have...well, character?