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On the streets of the Bowery, a woman does whatever it takes to survive.
The stark reality of The Bowery is described in sharp detail. The people the environment the harshness of day to day life. Scratching to survive, the ongoing struggle, dreams so far out of grasp. Thieving, prostitution, gambling all part of the dark environs of The Bowery, nothing out of question in order to cope.
Blakemore crafts a gritty narrative. The times, the limited options in 1883, especially for women, the life and decisions forced upon our two female protagonists is rough, escaping virtually impossible. A cruel glimpse into the difficulties of surviving and escaping poverty. This is not a pretty read, rather it’s a snapshot in time and in some instances a look at present day socio-economics as well. Prostitution, thieving common trades not a guarantee of providing food and shelter.
Mollie and Annabelle are two colorful protagonists. Uneducated, no family, enveloped in the arms of a brutal climate. These two are rough, tough and tumbley, however, beneath the hard exterior, sensitivity and empathy lurks – a true byproduct of their surroundings. Both characters are frustrating and on a few rare occurrences delightful. In order to truly relate to these two you are forced to keep your distance mindful of the time and circumstances. Both stubborn and prideful as you question if this is the major obstacle preventing them from making a break. Facing various challenges, their close friendship provides some means of comfort and support.
Not your run of the mill historical fiction read, a read entailing tough times in an equally severe neighborhood. Doubtful you will become emotionally connected to the characters but you are granted full access to intimate details of their life and dubious choices. A full frontal view of two women trapped in the depths of poverty with few options allowing them to flee the dark whirlpool engulfing them.
My mission is to write historical fiction and romance that explores women’s lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past. I wish to share the stories of women whose lives are untold, who don’t exist in textbooks: the disenfranchised, the forgotten, those with double lives and huge hearts filled with weakness and courage.
My current novel, Under the Pale Moon, is due for release in Fall 2015. Set in post-World War II Monterey, California, it explores the relationship of a married woman breaking the bonds of conformity, and a combat nurse haunted by the ghosts of war.
My interactive historical romances The Very Thought of You and It Don’t Mean a Thing, are out now on Kindle and SilkWords.com. I am also the author of the novels Bowery Girl, (Re-release 2015) and Cissy Funk, winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.
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