Sunday, February 23, 2014

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls
by Wendy Delsol

Genre: Women's Fiction

Synopsis:  The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls was once a home for unwed mothers, is now a bed-and-breakfast that houses three generations of women-and their many secrets...

In the 1960s, spunky nineteen-year-old Ruby was wooed and won over by the founder of the McCloud Home.  Today the historic property has been converted into an inn that Ruby runs with her daughter Jill.  When Jill's fourteen-year-old daughter begins to search for the identity of her father, she sets in motion events that will test the bonds among mothers, daughters, and sisters.

Jill unwittingly aids the forces of upheaval when she agrees to host the wake of the town matriarch.  As the guests-including the matriarch's handsome nephew and Jill's vivacious, irresponsible sister-return to the small Iowa town, the converge of people and memories uncovers rivalries, sparks romance, recalls heartbreak, and reveals a shocking family secret, one that could separate the McCloud women forever or lead them to the renewal of their powerful, enduring connection.
from the back of the book

Review:  Perhaps expecting one thing from the book and getting another really impacted my view of this book and made me feel very ambivalent about this book.  I wanted to know more about the history of the home and the "wayward girls" but it really didn't talk about much of that at all.  The book started out with quite a lot of names dropped and as they hadn't been introduced yet, I was left very confused and it didn't make me want to keep reading.  I didn't truly get into the book until at least the half way point.  The author kept dropping all these reminders of the family secret but then doesn't tell you until three-fourths of the way through.  There are also a lot of flashbacks in a chapter that isn't labeled as being in the past and that also made me confused.  I didn't feel that this was a compelling enough story nor a well enough written book.

Rating: 2 1/2 stars

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