Friday, November 20, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Whistling Women

About Whistling Women

Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 17, 2015)
A buried secret keeps two sisters apart.
Life went terribly wrong for Addie Bates in San Diego, and she’s been running from those memories ever since. For fifteen years, the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony has provided a safe haven for Addie to hide from the crime she committed. But when the residents pack up to go on exhibit at the 1935 world’s fair in San Diego, Addie returns and must face the thrilling yet terrifying prospect of reuniting with her estranged sister, Wavey.
Addie isn’t the only one interested in a reunion. When her niece, Rumor, discovers she has an aunt, Rumor is determined to bring her family together. But it’s not so easy when the women are forced to confront family secrets, past and present.
Set against the backdrop of the 1935 world’s fair, Whistling Women explores the complex relationships between sisters, the sacrifices required to protect family, and the lasting consequences of a single impulsive act.

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Review: Whistling Women was a really engaging read. I really loved the uniqueness of this story. Addie is a nudist who ran away from events in her past. Rumor is her sister's daughter. There are a lot of family secrets. The big one was a bit easy to predict early on, but it was interesting to see how the forgiveness was found between the sisters and the relationship that grew between aunt and niece.

I loved the World's Fair setting as well as how the story blended between 1918 and 1935. The nudist colony as setting was really interesting, and there was quite a bit of drama with the characters that lived there, particularly Addie's friend Daisy and her son Sal, who befriend's Addie's niece.

This was a fantastic read and one I won't soon forget!

Rating: 5 flowers

UnknownAbout Kelly Romo

Kelly A. Romo currently lives in Oregon with her three children where she teaches writing, literature, and social studies. She loves the outdoors; hiking, kayaking, and camping. Kelly grew up in California running around with all her thrill-seeking cousins and siblings; jumping off cliffs into the Colorado River, exploring caves on the beaches of Mexico, riding dirt bikes, water skiing, and snow skiing.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I love the idea of the World Fair setting - I think I'd really enjoy that.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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