Her Life as She Knew It

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For readers who believe that the best lives are built on the firmest foundations.

Karen Schwind brings us Caroline McKee, a girl on the cusp of womanhood who is determined to use her wit and fearlessness to right the wrongs former friends did to her. She gets her chance when Billy Taylor, a veteran of the Great War, returns to Greensboro and opens a newspaper in the spring of 1919. Together they dig into the lives of townspeople until Caroline discovers a secret that lays bare ...

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Overview

For readers who believe that the best lives are built on the firmest foundations.

Karen Schwind brings us Caroline McKee, a girl on the cusp of womanhood who is determined to use her wit and fearlessness to right the wrongs former friends did to her. She gets her chance when Billy Taylor, a veteran of the Great War, returns to Greensboro and opens a newspaper in the spring of 1919. Together they dig into the lives of townspeople until Caroline discovers a secret that lays bare the sorrow and shame of people she?s known all her life. Publishing a front-page story of betrayal and tragedy, Caroline learns a lesson that only her devout Christian father could teach--about love, loyalty and letting go. Schwind has crafted ?a memorable setting that feels historically authentic? and ?portrays Caroline McKee's longing for an idealized childhood . . . in tender, nostalgic? language that captures the reader?s imagination until the last unexpected turn of this amazing story.

"Her Life as She Knew It is a beautiful and heartfelt Southern story about the ways in which the past we hide from ourselves emerges no matter what we do to stop it. Debut novelist Karen Schwind takes us deep into the thoughts and feelings of a young woman in 1919 who deals with betrayal on several fronts. Crafting a memorable setting that feels historically authentic, Schwind portrays Caroline McKee's longing for an idealized childhood, as well as her response to betrayal, in tender, nostalgic ways. Schwind knows this world/this memorable time in America's history, she understands why we need to keep secrets from ourselves, and she shares it all in her lyrical language."

-Julie L. Cannon, author of Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615671321
  • Publisher: Skoob Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    A good yarn that gets into quite a tangle

    If you like a good story told in a concise manner then this might be your cup of tea. I also say that as person who did not grow up in a small town with well-defined pecking orders. (Rather, I was a suburban nomad in my childhood). So, this was a bit of an eye-opener. And yet I was impressed with the way that Caroline tried to walk a fine line between respecting the expectations for a proper young southern woman while also trying to venture into the world of journalism in her home town shortly after the Great War (as it was called then). After some early struggles, Caroline began to pursue a story that would touch her complicated past, her family and the lives of people once close to her. It revealed a lot about her as well as the people caught up in the scandal of her story. Although the ending is quite a surprise it's not a complete one because it brings together some clues and hints woven deeply into the story. To say the least, I'm looking forward to the next story that Schwind writes.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Ms. Schwind will take you back to a simpler time

    This book had me from the first page. Ms. Schwind has done her research on the time and history of the early 1900s. At times I hate the main character (because of what she does) but then I love her for her gutsy attitude. This book has lite a fire under me to do some history research of mine own of the things that happening in the book. It is an excellent read. You will find certain character very interesting.

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