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In her debut novel, Dakota Blues, Lynne Spreen weaves an uber-believable tale of how a seemingly perfect life can be upturned in the blink of an eye. Returning to her Midwestern roots upon the death of her mother, Karen discovers many truths about herself and what is important in life, and in the process offers many insights for the reader. The characters are interesting and fully-drawn and Lynne's descriptive narrative is superb. One can practically taste and feel the flavors and sensations that Karen experiences throughout her journey to self-discovery and ultimate happiness. I found myself identifying with Karen's emotions and choices, to the point that I couldn't put the book down. The consistent theme is that life is too short and too precious to go mindlessly through the paces. To truly live and enjoy life, it is important to be present in the here and now, being mindful of all that happens and making decisions based on that viewpoint.
This novel is a must-read for any woman who has questioned her life choices and is searching for ways to make her fall and winter years the best of all! I am looking forward to a second novel from this insightful and witty author.
On the negative side, nothing happened of any consequence until halfway into the book--up until then, it was all backstory and set up. Throughout the book, there were several long scenes that didn't go anywhere and therefore didn't move the story forward, which may be the reason it didn't hold my interest.
Karen Grace, at fifty, is forced to confront herself and her choices when her mother dies. She reluctantly travels from her expensive life in California to her childhood home on the weather beaten prairie of North Dakota.
With her cousins, who did not flee to the shinier promises of career and wealth, she visits the graves of her ancestors. Karen is brought face to face with her legacy:
"Done with their short, hard enlistments, their bodies worn out from bearing children and tilling the soil, they lay waiting for her to make their efforts worthwhile."
Whether we are aware of this task or not, every generation must answer this question: what are we doing with our legacy?
Ms. Spreen deals with this issue as old as Homer in this odyssey of one woman's quest to sort her priorities and find the courage to uproot herself and embark on her own wilderness in Dakota Blues. Karen Grace must face her own obstacles, not Dust Bowls and reluctant prairies, but complacency and following the script of what success means in 21st century America.
I enjoyed Karen's odyssey. I loved the cantankerous Frieda who played her part well in prodding Karen from her assumptions to her options in their rocky road trip across the American West.
My take-away from this book is that I shouldn't wait for life to fall apart before I take a chance and step out into my own wilderness.
I recommend this book, especially to fellow baby boomers who still have choices to venture from their lives and their "supposed to's" to something else, something bigger.
Dodie Cross, author of: A Broad Abroad in Iran
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book grabbed me from the beginning. I laughed, cried, pondered, and connected with Karen. Great job, hope to read more works by this author!Published 4 months ago by Ginger White
I was captivated by this book the moment I began to read it. I think most women, of a certain vintage, can identify with the circumstances the protagonist finds herself in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti
Loved Dakota Blues! It was well written and packed a powerful message. Although Lynne's focus in her writing is on the ageing process, I believe the message in this book speaks to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna Fitzgerald
Karen Grace has succeeded in building the life she thought she wanted, but with her mother’s death, her husband’s decision to leave her for his pregnant girlfriend, and an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carlymom
I totally enjoyed this novel. Here's how much. I was on Chapter 39, reading on my Kindle so I knew I was close to the end but not sure exactly how close. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deborah Carroll, Author
A different twist in this novel involving an elderly woman and a 50 year old. Descriptions of the landscape of the Dakotas are very vivid and make an interesting read.Published 10 months ago by Sewing gal
Dakota Blues grabbed me on page one and never released its hold. The characters are compelling and the lyrical descriptions of the Midwest landscape makes me want to visit. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fritzie B. Von Jessen
I really enjoyed this story. Karen is a 50-yr-old workaholic, deep in the rat race of job, commute, sleep a little, and begin again. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Diane L. Lybbert
This book deals with today's problems. Middle aged men and woman are losing their jobs. These are people who have worked with the same company for many years and are let go... Read morePublished 17 months ago by josephine briggs
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