Shy-Town Girls (Shy-Town Girls: Book Series) Kindle Edition
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SHY TOWN GIRLS by M.G. Wilson is my kind of women's fiction. Although we have a frazzled narrator, the voice seemed realistic to me. Young women are pushed in a 1000 directions, and Bobbie (Roberta) is one of them. She breaks off her relationship with her hunk, Charlie, which seems like a good idea since his ego is out of control. But she has to see him at work, which makes life harder.
Luckily, she finds a new family. Her new family is not because she's an orphan but needed because she is grown-up now and it's time to live in the city. The title is a play on Chi-Town, Chicago. Even though I am not familiar with Chicago except through House Hunters, Mason brings the sights and sounds, the neighborhoods alive. She uses contemporary music and styles with natural grace to set the modern mood.
Bobbie's new family includes a dowager, Barbara Shafer,who provides amenities for the house (a roof top garden)from her oodles of money and some long-in-the-tooth advice about love. The girls who rent her rooms are kind to her, not just for the gifts she loves to give, but because they value and need a mentor in the ways of the world.
The other roommates are somewhat underwritten (thus, 4 stars) in SHY-TOWN GIRLS, but that is probably because the next books will be told in their different voices, with the advantage of seeing the world through their eyes, not just Bobbie's. There is Meryl, a college friend of Bobbie's, Ivy, and Ella. The girls are cute, funny, open-hearted, and willing to party.
I loved this book, and I'm anxious to hear what happens next to all of them, and for this moment, especially to Bobbie.
She arrives at a new place of residence, a little house populated by quirky characters. First of all - Bobbie's old (well, older) friend Meryl. Two roommates, Ivy and Ella, fellow 'shy' girls and landlady Barbara complete the set.
As I mentioned in the beginning, the story is mostly about Bobbie and her attempts to make sense of her life and affect positive change. She still has lingering affections for Charlie, her ex-boyfriend, a male model with an overblown ego, who did make her feel wanted at times. There is also Oliver, another co-worker, a gifted photographer and someone she knew from her high-school days.
This is not a simple 'whom will she choose' type of story. Rather it is an unexpectedly deep meditation on what love means in this day and age. Is it simple attraction or attraction mixed with friendship? How do people know when they are in love and when it is gone, never to return? Perhaps this book will not answer those questions for you but it still fun to ponder them.
Overall I did like the book. Prose is polished, the sense of togetherness, the camaraderie, between five women, is well described. The only thing that seemed a bit off to me were the characters. Everybody is young and beautiful or old and sage, an almost but not fully, magazine like characterization. Somehow the characters seem not as fully realistic as they could be but perhaps it is the point, to weave a vision that is deceiving and unrealistic on one hand yet full of real-life heart aches and desires on the other.
This is a great story of girls just being fresh, alive and loving life. They have great jobs, they have different personalities but they don't have too much drama between themselves; most of it is external. And, Barbara, she is awesome.
I love the way the story ended and hope to read more about these girls in another book. I laughed, cried a little and laughed some more!
The following books will each be from another character's viewpoint which should be interesting how each woman sees the life they have .
The only negative thing I have to say is the book was not long enough for me and wonder what the future has in store for the young women pertaining to their careers and life.