And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
FINALLY finished this saga spanning the years of 1868 through 1932 set in the town of Waynesville, Ohio. A ladies literary club is established to further the cause of educational and social needs of the select group of it's first members. Throughout the years, as members marry and raise families, members are added by invitation only. The reader is immersed in the history of the times as well as the details of daily life with a multitude of characters. The social niceties, trends and fashions are woven into the various families who deal with life and one another with an emotional ferocity.
Such a long story continually draws the reader into their lives, almost believing them to be real. The families and friends and their interaction as well as the historical accuracy makes this a worthy book. Taking the author 50 years to write and being published only about a year before her death, the book is based on her hometown of Xenia, Ohio.
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