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Leaving Rock Harbor—”You Won’t Want To”

July 23, 2010

Leaving Rock Harbor

by Rebecca Chace

This is an old fashioned book in a good way. Steeped in setting we grow with characters who fall in and out of love, split over class issues and labor strikes, then succeed because of surprising inner strength.

The central character, Frankie Ross—the daughter of a cotton mill worker—marries the rich son of its owner. I might have made the first chapters shorter (while respecting the time frame) but I loved the authentic ring of the details and the young girl is perfect to shoehorn us into a distant time and place.

There are some real ironies (the mill owner loses everything and a Portuguese kid who worked for him ends up owning a chain of mills in South America). And there is some genuine sadness too.

Inspired by the author’s own family history, readers will experience the First World War, the Jazz Age and the Great Depression as if we had lived them. And through this terrific read, we do.

 Buy this hardback directly from amazon for  $16.50  Click here: Leaving Rock Harbor: A Novel

Scribner, New York, 304 pages

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