- File Size: 2460 KB
- Print Length: 349 pages
- Publication Date: December 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DTG5444
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Woman's Choice Kindle Edition
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Making her way with her mother, Jenny, to a new life in America after her father died, Clara realized she was able to take care of her mother and still make choices. The boat ride across the Atlantic wasn't pleasant, but Clara And her mother met folks to share the worries and hopefully folks that they would see again some day.
Clara also found out that New Yorkers were not a pleasant lot. The early days of their arrival were spent in adapting to living in the small apartment with Jenny's sister and her family and her mother working way under the wages she deserved.
You will love Clara and feel sorry for her because of what she had to endure in her living conditions and in the work she found in New York. Clara was very unhappy and tired of having to work so hard. Clara's mother was a bit difficult to like because of her dependence on Clara and her acting like the child instead of the parent.
A WOMAN'S CHOICE is historical fiction set in the early 1900's and during the time New York was growing. We get to see what it was like to live and work in New York and see the hardships and poverty that the residents endured to make their way in America.
Clara grew along with New York and used her talent to make her own choices. Clara's determination was incredible, and her success was the result of her determination.
A WOMAN'S CHOICE flowed nicely, gave the reader a history of New York, and was a lovely read.
I enjoyed A WOMAN'S CHOICE and would recommend this book to historical fiction fans and folks who enjoy women's fiction. 4/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in return for an honest review.
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The first thing to describe Clara Foley is that she is beautiful. At twelve, her beauty attracts many men who fall in love with her. It goes on from there. Everywhere she goes, her beauty fascinate and attracts many people that it is easy for her to get what she wants. Even though she is vain, she is hard and persistent. She is courageous and not afraid to stand up to others, including those she loves, for what is right.
The author brilliantly paints a gorgeous setting of life on the immigrant ship and in New York City before World War I. We get to learn of how women worked in sweatshops, and what the musical theatre was like. But the setting I found to be really interesting was what New York was like in World War I. She explained the prejudices of German immigrants, who went to America to pursue their dreams. We also learn that some corporations survived World War I by enlisting in a black market. It helped give the reader a good portrait for the problems that America faced during the war.
Overall, the story is about love, family, friendship, loss, sacrifice, choices, and finding one's identity. It is about a young woman who is in pursuit of the American dream. The message of the book is to follow your heart and do what you think is right. There are a lot of interesting subplots and secondary characters that are fun and likeable. The story is slow-paced and there is a love triangle that seems forced and tends to drag. I also found the constant mentioning of Clara's beauty to be somewhat off-putting. Nevertheless, the story is interesting and you care about what happens to Clara and the friends she's made. I recommend this to anyone interested in city-life in 20th century America, World War I, broadway, and those who face obstacles and hardships but are determined to make their dreams and goals come true.
(Note: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Her journey begins on the steam boat transporting her and her mother to Ellis Island. From that point, the reader follows her through life in the tenement and upward. The author did an excellent job of intertwining history into the overriding story and into specific characters.
Clara is a strong woman who recognizes that your life is based upon the choices that you make, which oftentimes are not easy. The theme of the book is not only making these choices but the effects they have on her life. It was refreshing to see this perspective in a book and made the read feel very realistic despite being fiction. This was an enjoyable story that did not end in an expected fashion but actually surpassed my expectations ending perfectly.