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Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
     

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society

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by Amy Hill Hearth
 

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A brilliant debut novel from a New York Times bestselling author about a transplanted wife from Boston who arrives in Florida in the 1960s, starts a literary salon, and shakes up the status quo.

In 1962, Jackie Hart moved to Naples, Florida, from Boston with her husband and children. Wanting something personally fulfilling to do with her time, she

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A brilliant debut novel from a New York Times bestselling author about a transplanted wife from Boston who arrives in Florida in the 1960s, starts a literary salon, and shakes up the status quo.

In 1962, Jackie Hart moved to Naples, Florida, from Boston with her husband and children. Wanting something personally fulfilling to do with her time, she starts a reading club and anonymously hosts a radio show, calling herself Miss Dreamsville.

The racially segregated town falls in love with Miss Dreamsville, but doesn’t know what to make of Jackie, who welcomes everyone into her book club, including a woman who did prison time for allegedly killing her husband, a man of questionable sexual preference, a young divorcee, as well as a black woman.

By the end of this novel, you’ll be wiping away the tears of laugher and sadness, and you just may become a bit more hopeful that even the most hateful people can see the light of humanitarianism, if they just give themselves a chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410454072
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/23/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Debut novelist Amy Hill Hearth is a former journalist and the author or coauthor of seven nonfiction books, including Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years, the New York Times bestseller-turned-Broadway play. She met her future husband, Blair, who was raised in Collier County, while she was working as a reporter in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1983. She is a graduate of the University of Tampa.

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Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Miss Dreamsville and The Collier County Women's Literary Society" is a woman's book! Further, it would be most likely to appeal to a liberal thinking activist type (like myself)! I had already read and enjoyed the biographical books Amy Hill Hearth co-authored some years back about the Delaney sisters, so this, her first novel, was not a surprise, but it was a delight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are beautifully drawn, the story unfolded at a wonderful pace with just enough sispense to keep me hooked.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was going to be a 3.5 stars but I changed it to a 4 stars. This one was good, and at times really good. What caught my eye was well, new family moves in town, wife starts a book club to get to know the community. Keyword: book club. The only ones that join are those are considered outsiders. My favorite in the group being Robbie-Lee and Priscilla. The others I liked, but if I had to choose if would be those two. Oh and adorable Judd. Even Jackie, though at times she gets a little too headstrong, but you still like her spirit. Though you wish you could know more about the characters, I mean you get an idea on who's who but still. The writing was nice, actually the whole book feels like one of those feel good movies. The kind where you're taking your time watching or reading a book while its either raining in the background or you're stalling just so you can enjoy the story. If that makes sense. While I liked reading it, there's moments where things are either implied or just pass by and you wonder if it'll be brought up again. So, a good read. And it does make me want to start a book club. Wish it was longer though. Breezed through this and realized how many chapters I already read, thinking huh, not bad book.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really thought this was going to be a little bit more humorous that what it actually was. While it did have some humor towards the middle of the book, I still enjoyed this book very much. There were a lot of secrets going on, a LOT of quirky characters, revenge on an ex (loved it!!), book club meetings, gossip, friendship, loyalty, and sometimes informational. It really held my attention. I thought it was a great story and had a great flow going. I read through it pretty quickly, not that it was action packed, but it was a fun read. I would like to thank Atria Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this entertaining and enjoyable e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very light-weight reading. Could finish in one sitting if I wanted to. I recommended to my book club because of the title, but I do not think there is enough to discuss, even when using the book club guide in the back of the book I would not reccomend to another book club.
BookAddictRS46 More than 1 year ago
LOVED it!! A great, quick read. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read the preview, I was interested to read another one of Miss Hearth's stories (read Having our Say - the Delaney Sisters). It is a story that touches on people who aren't "perfect". People that are like everybody else with problems and the stories behind what caused their problems that isolates them from "the normal" people in their community. It left me shaking my head to read how society treated then (and do today) people that are no different then your next door neighbor or friend at work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book enough that im choosing it as my pick for our book club. Its a fun read that also will lead to interesting discussions.
WJean More than 1 year ago
This was a nice read for a book club. It brought in the problems of the ladies and the one man in that time period of the early 60's and how they stuck together when things got rough and how their friendship grew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this -- a good story.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Miss Dreamsville and The Collier County Woman's Literary Society is essentially a fun, but meaningful book about acceptance of yourself and others.  Set in 1960's Florida, Jackie and her family have moved to Florida from Boston, because of her husband's new job with the town's most influential man.  Not fulfilled as 'just a housewife', she decides to start a literary society.  The literary society meets at the library.  Jackie has invited a group of varied 'misfits' to participate in the group.  The story is narrated by the 'turtle lady' , a divorced woman who saves turtles from road traffic, and is the postmistress. Others in the group are the lady librarian, a local negro girl who dreams of college, a 'young old maid' poet, an old women just released from jail for killing her husband, and the local gay man---son of a retired prostitute who illegally poaches alligators.  The group bonds quickly, reading a number of relevant books for them.  Each member also has their secrets.  One of them has started a secret job as 'Miss Dreansville' , who introduces songs for the night time radio show.  Her dreamy voice has everyone in town guessing who she could be.  Interspersed with this is racial tension, the KKK, the perceived role of women, and the 'Yankee vs' Southern' society norms in 1960's Florida. This book is a very quick and fun read that deals with very serious issues in very meaningful ways.  Written by the bestselling, non-fiction author of 'The Delany Sisters Have Their Say' and other non-fiction works, this is Amy Hill Hearth's first foray into fiction.  In my opinion, she has a great future waiting for her in fiction too! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Service good but was not told I was buying a proof copy of book.
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