Friday, September 08, 2023

Don't Forget To Write by Sara Goodman Confino

Don't Forget To Write
by Sara Goodman Confino

Book Blurb:

In 1960, a young woman discovers a freedom she never knew existed in this exhilarating, funny, and emotional novel by the bestselling author of She’s Up to No Good.

When Marilyn Kleinman is caught making out with the rabbi’s son in front of the whole congregation, her parents ship her off to her great-aunt Ada for the summer. If anyone can save their daughter’s reputation, it’s Philadelphia’s strict premier matchmaker. Either that or Marilyn can kiss college goodbye.

To Marilyn’s surprise, Ada’s not the humorless septuagenarian her mother described. Not with that platinum-blonde hair, Herm├Ęs scarf, and Cadillac convertible. She’s sharp, straight-talking, takes her job very seriously, and abides by her own rules…mostly. As the summer unfolds, Ada and Marilyn head for the Jersey shore, where Marilyn helps Ada scope out eligible matches—for anyone but Marilyn, that is.

Because if there’s one thing Marilyn’s learned from Ada, it’s that she doesn’t have to settle. With the school year quickly approaching and her father threatening to disinherit her, Marilyn must make her choice for her future: return to the comfortable life she knows or embrace a risky, unknown path on her own.


I enjoyed this book.  I wasn't sure I would, at first, but the more I read, the better I liked the book.  Marilyn is a rebellious young woman from a strict home with a father who believes women are meant to be married and have kids and nothing else.  She gets in trouble and is sent off to her aunt's house.  Her aunt models an assertive woman who charts her own course and is respected.  Marilyn learns there is a world that is a lot wider than her father's world out there just waiting for her.  Will she make the leap?   If you like coming-of-age stories, you will probably like this one.  While not a romance, per se, it has romance and a happy ending.  I would read something else by this author.


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