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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.
If you have ever been in a long-term romantic relationship, or have been married for a long time, you will appreciate this story as it is truly a story about a long-term love affair.
The following review was written after receiving a free book from the author or their representative.
The story takes place mostly in the 40s and 50s and centers around Nate, a forty-something-year-old bachelor who spends his evenings at one particular restaurant in New York City so often that it feels like his home. The owner is a close friend and confidant, and the people who work there are as familiar as family. A creature of habit, he orders the same drink and the daily special every day. It is in this restaurant where he meets his wife, Sallie, who is many years his junior. He is overtaken with love for her and will do almost anything for her, at times sacrificing his predictability to make her happy.
Much of the book takes place in this restaurant, called Dinty Moore's. The reader learns a lot about its history and, concurrently, Nate's history. It is almost exclusively his story, with only a few chapters being told from Sallie's point of view. I was absolutely engrossed in how captivated Nate became with his wife, despite his misgivings that she didn't truly love him in return.
At first, it was difficult to get used to the excessive detail in which the author describes everything. Once I did, however, it became integral to the story-telling. I felt as though I was sitting right there in Dinty Moore's, right at Nate's table. Not a single detail was missed so that the reader was completely immersed in the scene at hand. It is a true love story, one that moved me to my core. It wasn't fluffy and sugary-sweet, but wasn't overly gritty, either - it was honest and real.
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