Top positive review
“You’re Millicent the Strong. Don’t you ever forget it!”
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
A story told in two timelines that features strong, resilient, flawed and loving women from 4 generations and one expanded family.
Millicent Glenn is a character that will stand out in women’s fiction. She was a role buster in her prime and has a strength of character and spirit that transcend what’s considered “normal” as she prevails against devastating tragedies. We get to see her function in the business world, a “man’s world” and revisit some of the old stereotypes about a woman’s role being in the home & with the kids. There are glimpses of chattel, and men only for financial issues during the chapters that take place in the late 40’s thru the early 50’s.
Our heroine battles against all those chains without being a shrew. In the chapters that take place in the contemporary 2015, Millicent and her daughter & grand daughter are brought together for her 91st birthday. She is one tough old bird! The daughter, Jane, has just returned home to Cincinnati, from Atlanta, and has a serious health crisis while the grand daughter is in her 3rd trimester. Each is a remarkable woman in their own right. Millicent and Jane have near 70 years of secrets and hurt to work thru while Kelsey plays the role of counselor, facilitator and peacemaker. Millicent has a birthday wish and it’s not going to fit in a box. She wants forgiveness between herself and her daughter: a repaired relationship.
Author, Tori Whitaker, has done a wonderful job with the characters. The 3 mains are spectacular and I enjoyed the secondary just as much. The sister-in-law as an antagonist will remind EVERYONE of someone they know and the mother-in-law will have y’all wishing she was yours or reminding you to say a prayer of thanksgiving that you’ve got one just like her. Even the short glimpses of Millicent’s mom who’s passed are striking and effect her through out the story. The dialogue between these remarkable women is real and honest and propel the bulk of the story.
Dennis is the husband and he’s a guy ahead of his time, thanks to his great mamma! Aside from the short, but important, scenes with the doctors, the only male influence in the book is the husband and he works a lot. Still, he’s a well drawn character that’s more than a foil.
Plot entanglements are resolved naturally, altho’ the middle of the story does drag on a bit. There are no violence or sexual issues. Foul language consists of 2 f-bombs that are uttered in extreme grief/horror and appropriate for the situation, otherwise nothing else.
Well written, professionally published, solid plot with minor pacing problems but nothing that would disrupt enjoying this fine novel. A worthy choice 📚