Crickhollow Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-933-98711-8.
Reviewed by Sheridan Ward
Posted on 11/01/2010
Sylvia Dickey Smith's heroine in A War of Her Own uncovers family secrets, breaks away from traditional roles placed on women in the 1940s, and shows the strength to discover the person she is and will be.
Mix together a bit of mystery that begins in 1924, toss in some "Rosie the Riveter", and you have a poignant story of a young married woman, Bea Meade, living in Orange, Texas in 1943. Bea begins to break out of the traditional 1940's female role, due to the need to endure her husband's infidelity, while continuing to nurture her child, and learning to survive. As Smith's story unfolds, it pulls you along, cheering for Bea as she overcomes hurdles and decides what is best for her life. One can't help but support this young woman as she quickly grows into an independent and thinking woman.
In this page turner, Bea Meade exemplifies the courage women showed during WW II to step up, support the war effort and feel proud of their accomplishments while dealing with the criticisms of their male counterparts and deviating from society norms.
If you are eager for more from this writer, you might be interested in Smith's mystery novels, the Sidra Smart series.
Sylvia Dickey Smith was born in Orange, Texas, and lived there through her high school years. She now lives near Austin, Texas. She is also the author of a popular mystery series featuring Sidra Smart, private eye, set in the borderlands where Texas and Louisiana meet. Find out more on her website.
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