Aug 31 2007
Dear Ms. Bowling,
I’ve been eyeing your books for a while and decided to take the plunge with this one. After all it’s short (actually extremely short) and discounted at Fictionwise as it’s new so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. After reading it, I’ll be trying some of your other books.
As I said the novella isn’t long but I feel like I got to really see and know the protagonist, Amelia Sinclair, in that short span of time needed to read it. It’s also got a really good period “feel” to it.
Amelia Sinclair has lived all her life with the decorum expected of a 19th century banker’s wife. She remained faithful to a husband who never loved her, raised three children, and turned away the love of a lifetime. Now widowed at the dawn of a new century and facing her second fifty years, she decides she can no longer deny the love that has burned within her for decades. Can she throw away the only life she has ever known in order to find the only life she has ever wanted?
She’s a woman who’s always done what was expected of her, lived her life as others said she should, raised three children to be proud of and yet a woman who’s lived a lie for decades. For whatever reason (and I didn’t get a sense of what that reason was beyond duty, perhaps) she turned away from a love few people are blessed to know and put her feelings aside. Up until now, when she finally can seek out the man who’s always held her heart. Amelia seems to me to be the kind of woman who dives into her retirement (for surely that is what it really is), wears purple proudly and snaps her fingers at continuing to do what she ought to. I liked her. I think you were correct in writing the book just from Amelia’s point of view – any others would have entailed either lengthening the book or trying to cram too much into it. It’s satisfying just as it is. B