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Review: The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls by Wendy Delsol.

Posted January 5, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Rowena’s review of The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls by Wendy Delsol.

Main Character: Jill, Fiona, Ruby
Love Interest: Read it to see…
Series: None
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The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls, once a haven for unwed mothers, is now a bed-and-breakfast that houses three generations of women-and their many secrets…

In the early 1960s, Ruby, a spunky unwed teen mother was wooed and won over by the founder of the McCloud Home. Now, forty years later, the historic property has been converted into an inn that Ruby runs with one of her daughters, 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 that bind 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 Jocelyn-return to the small town, the convergence 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.
What I liked most about this book was how well the story flowed throughout the entire book. I was totally invested in the goings on of all of the main characters in this book. From Jill to Fiona and then to Ruby, I wanted very much to find out what happened to them, what would happen and I couldn’t read this book fast enough.
This story is centered around family and I thought that Wendy Delsol did a fabulous job of weaving a story that was entertaining at the same time that it was interesting and the cast of characters warmed my heart and stayed with me long after I finished the last word.
I’m real easy to please when it comes to reading books. If you write characters that I will grow to love, make them three dimensional and make me connect with them, odds are- I’ll love your book. This book was entertaining because there was always something going on and the characters were charming so it made it easier to dig right into the story.

Fiona is on a mission to find her Dad, Jill is struggling with having an old crush/fling back in town and her crazy sister to boot. Ruby is going through her own struggles. Throughout this entire book, you’re thrown into one situation after another but Delsol does a great job of pulling you deep into each story and making the reader come to care for each character. Even when the characters are being boneheads, you won’t be able to help yourself from caring about them. You won’t be able to stop yourself from rooting all of these characters on, for different reasons.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting but it was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours of just reading pleasure. The pacing was fabulous as the story didn’t drag and the characters all came alive for me. They weren’t perfect and that was perfect for me. I’m so glad that I read this book.

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