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Good to Her Paperback – April 16, 2013
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Good to HerEnid Harlow
Strategic Book Publishing (2013)
Reviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads (06/13)
"Good to Her" transports us to New York's Dinty Moore's restaurant: "It was just past eight-thirty in the evening. Nate's confirmed time for dinner at Dinty Moore's."
This is NOT where the name for Dinty Moore canned stew comes from. Because the trademark was not registered properly, the stew makers were allowed to keep the name.
The characters and historical aspects of this book make for a wonderful read.
Feathered Quill Book Review - Good to Her June 23, 2013
Good To Her by Enid Harlow
In her latest novel, Good To Her, Enid Harlow delivers a bittersweet tale that spans New York's Prohibition era to the evolving times of the '60's as Nate Neumann ponders the true meaning of love and the essence of its worth.
From the Back Cover
A Bit of New York City History
Comes Alive in Dinty Moore Novel
For over 50 years, Dinty Moore's restaurant was
a Manhattan legend before it finally closed in the
early 1970s. Through its doors on West 46th
Street passed such luminaries as Lauren Bacall
and Humphrey Bogart, Walter Winchell and
The owner was James "Dinty" Moore, who
gained earlier fame for thumbing his nose at the
police during Prohibition. Good to Her is a
historical literary novel set against the backdrop
of the famed eatery. The story takes readers back
to the days of Prohibition and the police raids on
Moore's establishment, often resulting in his
compulsory appearance in court. Having fled the
confines of a small town in Indiana, 20-year-old
Sallie comes to New York with dreams of
becoming an actress. She meets Nate, a 46-yearold
successful New York businessman and Dinty
Moore regular, who is instantly smitten with her.
Sallie often tells Nate how Good to Her he is. But Nate wonders about their relationship and
their age difference. This exquisitely written period novel tells of a romance that seems to be too
good to be true. Is it?
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Those of you who know even a bit about the theater world of years ago will be thrilled by references to and appearances by the likes of Walter Winchell, Humphrey Bogart and his wife, Lauren Bacall. But you don't need to know about these celebrities to enjoy "Good to Her."
I won't give away the plot here, but I will urge everyone to read "Good to Her." I absolutely loved this book.
Nate and Sallie's story is also the story of Dinty Moore's, the legendary Broadway restaurant and hangout where the two leads meet in 1945, and its larger-than-life proprietor, James Moore. The lives of the quartet--the forbearing husband, the dream wife, the fabled restaurant and its knowing owner--are interwined through a swirl of events richly explored. One glittering passage follows another until the words themselves appear infused with light.
Forget the zombie junk and the supermarket novels. Delve into this one and watch what a real writer at the top of her game can do.
Nate is a regular upper-middle class guy who works hard and is in love with a much younger woman. He does his best to make his young wife happy but has doubts. Meeting her at the close of World War II, he focuses on how to be a good husband. The reader follows his internal goings on from the roaring twenties and the bootlegging days of his friends through the forties, fifties, and sixties, when unspeakable tragedy strikes. The setting, a New York City restaurant, is fascinating with all the little details that go into painting a vivid picture. The reader is treated to an inside look of celebrities of that era. It's like stepping into that place, that timeless restaurant with its quirky owner.
Nate's friends inhabit the story with their colorful personalities. Some are great, and some...well, they don't approve of the love of Nate's life, Sallie, a farm girl who came to New York to find her fame in dancing and acting.
Nate is so charming and kind. Sallie is vivacious. At first, she comes across as self-centered and shallow, but she grows and shows an interesting side to her personality. One finds out early in the book that she's destined to die, but near the end, her last day is played out in detail.
The book jumps around in time a lot and gives many mundane details, but those details enable a reader to experience the scene up close. Emotions are easily felt due to the hand of the talented author. For anyone who enjoys vintage stories with realism weaved throughout, give this book a try.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews