This week’s review is Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!
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Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
I enjoy reading stories about the strength and perseverance of women during difficult times such as in Elizabeth Wetmore’s novel Valentine. I started and finished this book within three days – it was THAT good!
It’s the mid-’70s in Odessa, Texas and the men are excited about the oil boom and the greatness it could bring to their little town. However, the women see the evil of it – particularly a small group of women that deals with it firsthand.
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A fourteen-year-old girl is attacked by one of the men working the oil rig in the middle of the desert the night of Valentine’s Day. When she escapes her attacker and seeks help from the closest farmhouse three miles away, Gloria Ramirez will never be the same. And neither will Mary Rose Whitehead, wife and mother of two who lives in the farmhouse.
While Dale Strickland is on trial for his attempted murder of Gloria, Mary Rose moves closer to town for safety while her husband continues living at the farm to care for their herd of cattle. Shortly after she moves into her new home, she meets a small group of women who – like her – are strong enough to persevere the hardships life has dealt them.
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Throughout the story, these women show resilience and unparalleled strength to the violence of the oil boom and trial being to their town. Unlikely alliances are formed and the women are forged together through their determination to overcome and survive the perils of living in West Texas.
I enjoyed reading about the diversity of the women and the commonality of endurance that binds them. The chapters are long, but not too long. Just long enough to understand each character and remember them throughout the novel. This is Elizabeth’s first novel and I’m definitely looking forward to her future novels.
Elizabeth Wetmore, author of Valentine
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