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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth

I haven't finished this delightful book by Amy Hill Hearth yet, but I'm enjoying it more than any book club that I've joined! Set in the turbulent times of the 60's in a small town in Florida, it involves a diverse set of interesting characters, including literary housewife Jackie, divorcee Doreen, and a murderess.  Their lives are turned upside down by joining the book club founded by Jackie, a newcomer to the town who also secretly becomes 'Miss Dreamsville'.  As 'Miss Dreamsville' she stars on a night-time radio programme and plays music to fit her mood.  This 'wakes up' everyone in town - they all wonder who she is.

Women were expected to get married and become housewives in small-town Florida in the 60's so the formation of the book club upsets a lot of people and the members start getting into trouble.  The one who runs the most risk is Priscilla, an African-American maid, who has big ambitions...

Written in a charming and gentle way with touches of irony that would please Jane Austen, Miss Dreamsville is well-worth reading.

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