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Posted April 13, 2013
If you enjoy historicals and you love a good romance you will want to read this book.
Pamela has created a wonderful cast of characters. The two main characters, Jack and Meg, are very likeable. They have their flaws that make you want to shake them and say, "Just say what you're thinking." But if characters did that then we wouldn't have much of story, this is what builds tension and makes for a great plot.
You will want to fight with Meg as she tries to make a way for herself as a reporter. Back in 1933 women didn't have the respect we do now and Meg isn't allowed to write for newspaper she works for, but we, as the reader, know she's a better writer than the bosses son.
Things seem to go from bad to worse (as any good book should) and I had to keep reading to see how Meg and Jack could both get out of their messes and find their way to each other's hearts.
You'll have to read the book to see how they do that, I'm not giving anything away!
A copy of this book was given to me by Summerside Press in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 8, 2013
Many times in my life I have felt like Meg--trusting God seemed impossible. Would He really give me the desires of my heart? Could I really trust Him? Even when everyone else disappointed me, the answer to both questions was, and is, yes. When I'm following Him, His desires become my desires and He's always faithful and trustworthy.
Ms. Meyers book, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, challenged me, but also left me with warm, fuzzy feelings about God's best. I enjoyed this novel on many levels.
***I received this book from the author/publisher for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted March 30, 2013
Set in 1933 with the onset of the Great Depression and the imminent end to Prohibition, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva Wisconsin by Pamela S. Meyers is a fantastic look into the lives of Meg Alden and Jack Wallace.
Meg sees her position at the local news paper as a stepping stone to something greater. In a world where women haven't been welcomed into the reporting world, she's aspiring to a job she shouldn't have. Her boss, Mr. Zimmer, is adamant that women should stick to writing society news. When a reporting job in her office opens up, Meg is disappointed to see that Mr. Zimmer has hired someone from out of town to take the position rather than promote her.
Handsome and talented Jack Wallace enters the picture and Meg fights her disappointment that's quickly turning into a growing attraction to his lopsided grin and easygoing nature. Jack needs the experience of a small-town weekly (a newspaper that puts out weekly editions, not daily papers) but Meg may be a distraction he wasn't looking for.
I was immediately caught up in Megs story because I know how it feels to be called to something you're not sure you can attain. Meg desires a reporting job so badly but is constantly passed by because she is a woman. She also finds her trust in God waning when she can't see how her future will pan out - something I also can relate to.
As the novel came to a close I found myself extremely satisfied with how it all worked out. I wont spoil it here of course, but I'd highly encourage you to get your own copy of Love Finds You in Lake Geneva Wisconsin so you too can enjoy the rich description of Lake Geneva in all its 1930's charm.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Posted March 13, 2013
Meg Alden went to work in newspapers in 1933 when women, no matter how intelligent or capable of reporting and writing, weren’t considered qualified to work in the editorial department of a newspaper.
In addition to being qualified, Meg is tenacious and will do anything to get a decent story in print—even if she has to do it by rewriting her city editor’s son’s work. Yes, Meg does have a job typing, taking want ads, and writing a few society column items, but hard news? The boss would have a fit.
The ultimate insult comes when a reporting job opens, and the editor hires the son of the publisher of a Chicago paper. Every time she looks at new handsome, personable reporter she is reminded: he got my job.
There is friction at home, too. Meg finally helps the new reporter with covering the naming and the upcoming grand opening of a new country-club-type addition to the community, but somewhere in there is a scandal that involves her father. At a larger newspaper—at least in today’s times—a reporter wouldn’t have anything to do with something that would be a conflict of interest. But on this weekly newspaper she can’t resist helping the new reporter because he doesn’t know any of the history of the place and he doesn’t know the people.
When a ruptured appendix sends the editor to the sidelines, the new reporter, the wealthy Jack Wallace, and Meg are required to spend many hours together, and despite her anger at him, they socialize, too.
But then a beautiful reporter who has worked for big-city dailies, and Meg’s old boyfriend complicate things.
By the title the reader knows love will find somebody in Lake, Geneva, Wisconsin, but who?
This is a well-written book and interesting. I especially liked the spiritual takeaway and the personal integrity of the characters who didn’t place themselves into areas of temptation—avoiding even the appearance of evil, as the scripture advises.
NOTE: The publisher provided a review copy of this book, but that had no effect on my review.
Posted March 11, 2013
It's not easy being a 30s woman.
Meg wants to report more than society fluff for the Lake Geneva News-Tribune, but men rule the world and they don't want women reporters. Her hopes to gain a coveted news post is dashed when Jack, the son of the Chicago Beacon owner, comes aboard for an internship of sorts. Meg continues to ghost write for the News-Trib owner's son, who is not a writer but is being groomed to take over.
Meg and Jack are attracted to each other, but don't know how the other feels. So Meg plans to move to Los Angeles where she hopes to climb the reporter ladder, not realizing Jack doesn't want to return to Chicago. A new Christian, he becomes strong in his faith while Meg's faith languishes. And what about those glamorous girls who keep popping into Jack's life?
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own.)
Posted March 8, 2013
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The year is 1933, the middle of the Great Depression, and Meg Alden is a young woman who works at the local newspaper, writing frivolous short pieces. It’s her dream to become a real reporter. Though Meg definitely has the writing ability, her employer refuses to give her more challenging assignments on principle: he doesn’t think such work is for a woman.
Meg is hopeful when a reporter’s job opens up, only to be disappointed by the appearance of Jack Wallace, a big-city reporter who takes the job to prove to his father he has the experience to take over the family-owned newspaper. Meg can’t help resenting the handsome, well-dressed man. Everything has come so easily to him, she thinks. But Meg will soon learn that Jack Wallace is far more than a spoiled rich boy.
Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is a gentle romance, despite the clash of generations that causes the main conflict. Meg is a girl with spunk, whose lifelong faith is challenged by the disappointments she encounters. She has a tendency to blame God, without realizing that the circumstances she finds so distressing are actually leading her to a much better future.
Author Pamela S. Meyers knows her setting well, since she grew up in Lake Geneva, but she also adds texture to this novel with historic touches, including references to such subjects as Ginger Rogers, the Veterans’ Bonus March and marcel waves. Various local spots are casually mentioned, lunchrooms, streets, but special attention is given to the sumptuous Riviera Ballroom, opened in 1933, which still graces the lakeside today. It is here that the story culminates in the satisfying ending.
This romance reminded me of one of the musical comedies that were so popular in the ‘30’s, full of averted glances, near-kisses and misunderstandings between sweethearts. It has a sweetness that I thoroughly enjoyed, and a conclusion that was entirely worthy of a romantic RKO “The End.”
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but I was under no obligation to read it or post a positive review. These are entirely my own honest opinions.)