Whistling Women by Kelly Romo (review by Kristi)

whistling women

From Goodreads: Life went terribly wrong for Addie Bates in San Diego, and she’s been running from dark memories ever since. For fifteen years, the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony has provided a safe haven for Addie to hide from the crime she committed. But when the residents pack up to go on exhibit at the 1935 world’s fair in San Diego, Addie returns and must face the thrilling yet terrifying prospect of reuniting with her estranged sister, Wavey.

Addie isn’t the only one interested in a reunion. When her niece, Rumor, discovers she has an aunt, Rumor is determined to bring her family together. But it’s not so easy when the women are forced to confront family secrets, past and present.

Set against the backdrop of the 1935 world’s fair, Whistling Women explores the complex relationships between sisters, the sacrifices required to protect family, and the devastating consequences of a single impulsive act.

My review: Have you ever started reading a book and knew within a few paragraphs that the book was amazing and you were going to have a tough time putting it down until you had read the very last word? This is the kind of book that Whistling Women is. It is a well-written and moving book about sisters, family, mistakes, secrets, and forgiveness.

I found the storyline in this book absolutely gripping. The story is told in both present day 1935 and in 1918. The story also goes back and forth between Rumor and Addie. I thought the story flowed well from chapter to chapter and also from one time period to another.

I liked the two main characters. I thought Addie and Rumor were complex and strong characters. Wavey and Mary weren’t as complex, but they weren’t as shallow as I first believed them to be. I also liked the character, Sal. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more of a conclusion to his and Rumor’s relationship. Maybe a sequel will be written? Or maybe a book about these two? I would really enjoy reading more about them.

This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You will laugh, cry, be angry, and be sad as you read about the lives of these four women. It is a well-written book that will keep you up reading well past your bedtime. A must-read for anyone who likes complex stories and characters.

**note** This book does contain sexual subject matter which the author handled tactfully and isn’t too graphic in the description. While important to the plot of the story, some readers may be offended.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


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