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Key Largo Blues: The Sequel to Dakota Blues (Karen Grace) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 20, 2016
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Karen's sense of independence is disrupted by an intrusion of the granddaughter and her baby of an old friend. Most of them retired, the CRSers also want a piece of Karen's time and don't understand her desire to work so hard.
After reading Spreen's "Dakota Blues", I wanted to read more about Karen and the feisty CRS group of women she introduced. "Key Largo Blues" fit the bill. It's a good story, well told. It's great to see a book written with strong women characters actively living the second half of their lives and enjoying the hell out of it. Thank you, Lynne.
This newly found freedom sets up all sorts of conflict and frustration in Key Largo Blues as Karen walks away from a romantic relationship with Curt, the handsome university professor who lives on a farm in Dickinson, North Dakota. Karen moves to Key Largo, Florida in the RV she and Freida had used to traverse the country and settles in with an eclectic group of women called the CRS ladies who travel together in their RVs. She sets her sights on establishing her own recruiting business though she has very limited resources.
With this backstory, she then takes us on a whirlwind tour of Karen’s struggle to fulfill her driving need to establish herself as an entrepreneur. In the process, she fights the good old boy network, societal expectations about a woman’s role and her own inner conflicts about love and lasting relationships.
Spreen’s characters are believable and multidimensional. Her ability to create tension and keep the pace going --sometimes at a fever itch—kept me turning the pages. Karen’s struggles as a female in the workplace are reflective of many midlife women’s struggles. Through Freida’s granddaughter, Jessie, she addresses domestic violence and masterfully weaves together three separate stories—her’s, Curt’s and Jessie’s into a cohesive and compelling plot with a satisfying ending.
I am a fan of Lynne’s crisp, edgy voice and she delivers another fast-paced, engaging and entertaining story with a valuable and relevant message about midlife empowerment. I highly recommend this read to anyone interested in midlife transitions.