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Latest book reviews by Ruth Curtiss

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda – A marriage between two doctors, a man from India and a woman from the USA with an adopted daughter. Complications arise they don’t anticipate. Interesting and well written. Information about customs and culture in India.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – A WWII story from a different angle. A young recent bride is left in a small town in the States while her doctor/husband volunteers to go to London to help during the bombing. She writes a letter to him every day and he writes as he is able. The last letter has a much longer journey. It reminded me of the daily letters I wrote to my husband when he was overseas in the South Pacific for three years during the same war.

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees – A fun book to read with the author telling the story of Louisa May Alcott’s life as she thinks it was in the mid 18th century, feeling the Jo of Alcott’s book,” Little Women” was really Alcott herself.

Ruth Curtiss is my mother and a lifelong avid reader.

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Remarkable Creatures, a novel by Tracy Chevalier, reviewed by Ruth Curtiss

Photograph of Ruth Curtiss on her 90th birthday with a hat shaped like a cake with candles

Ruth Curtiss

 Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier: The remarkable creatures in the title of this book are the fossils which can be found on some sandy beaches and in rocky structures, in this case along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in England, not far from London. Sometimes they fit together like a puzzle to form what was once a prehistoric creature and they were then given to a museum.

The novel is set in the early 1800s and is about 3 sisters and another young woman, all spinsters (the term for unmarried women in this era who are past the age at which they would normally marry).  One of the sisters and the other young woman spend their lives in search of interesting fossils.  It was a different type of novel, part fact and part fiction. I recommend it.

Note: Ruth Curtiss is my mother. At age 93 she continues to read at a phenomenal pace. Check back for more contributions by her.

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