Saturday Night Dance Club [NOOK Book]

Overview

Pearl's young world is shattered when Papa orders her to leave home long before she is prepared. She takes with her the secret of catching Papa in the pantry with the maid.

After moving into Mrs. Lacey's Boarding House, Pearl and her chum Ella find suitable employment in the city. On weekends they head downtown to the Canteen to volunteer as "suitable young ladies" to dance with the boys in uniform. Pearl considers this her patriotic duty--and ...

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Overview

Pearl's young world is shattered when Papa orders her to leave home long before she is prepared. She takes with her the secret of catching Papa in the pantry with the maid.

After moving into Mrs. Lacey's Boarding House, Pearl and her chum Ella find suitable employment in the city. On weekends they head downtown to the Canteen to volunteer as "suitable young ladies" to dance with the boys in uniform. Pearl considers this her patriotic duty--and a whole lot of fun--until Will sweeps her into his arms and heart.

The Starlite Ballroom becomes the Saturday destination for good times, where the four couples escape their worries and dance their blues away.

Karen Truesdell Riehl has woven a heart-wrenching story out of bits and pieces of history gleaned from old family letters and photographs. The story is fiction, but her characters will live in your memories forever.

Reviews: "Saturday Night Dance Club by Karen Truesdell Riehl is a true-life story that pulled me right in from page one.It provided me with the joys of love, marriage, and children offsetting the tragedies of death, poverty, and hard times." Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

"This novel is great for any reader interested in the Great Depression, war, and society of the 1900s." Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045289047
  • Publisher: Karen Truesdell Riehl
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 33,632
  • File size: 350 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Truesdell Riehl's writing achievements are remarkable, given her lifelong battle with dyslexia. She was unable to read until the age of ten. Her published works now include a memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott, telling of her 30-year hidden liaison with the international film star, five novels, eight plays and a radio comedy series, The Quibbles, available from ArtAge Publications at http://www.seniortheatre.com/product/the-quibbles-radio-shows/. Her children's play, Alice in Cyberland, was an award winner in the National Southwest Writers Contest.

The Ghosts of Fort Ord was inspired by living for a month near the abandoned military base.

After having lived for several years in Terre Haute, Karen was inspired to write a story about scandals in a fictional small town in Indiana, Freedom's Sins.

Saturday Night Dance Club, was inspired by a true story of four couples, from the 1900's to 1930's, touched by the Great War, organized crime, the Depression and the threat of another war, finding sanctuary in their weekly dance club.

In the romance novel, Hello Again, Shannon Taggert falls in love with Nate, a graduate student teaching assistant. But there's another woman in Nate's life, Tally, the daughter of Walter, his mentor and benefactor. Before meeting Shannon, as Walter lay dying, Nate promised to marry his daughter.

Drawing from her own experience, Karen wrote Bad Girl: A Play. The Safe Haven Home for Unwed Mothers provides shelter from a judgmental society, but reveals its hypocrisy as well. The young women from all levels of society, rich and poor, share only their shame.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Saturday Night

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

    Saturday Night Dance Club - A Novel Based on a True Story by Karen Truesdell Riehl is, as the subtitle suggests, a true story. The story is set in the 1900s when war raged in Europe and it tells about the lives of four couples. The problems caused by the war, crime, and depression are reasons to make anyone feel low. These four couples become friends and they find a life in their own Saturday Night Dance Club. The events are mostly taken from the author's life and family events.

    Though the threat of another war looms in the background, the story describes how these four couples decide to get out of the depressing atmosphere and create a happy space for themselves. The couples have a common interest that binds them and forms the positive side of the story. The fact that many events are taken from author's life gives it that personal touch which can actually move readers. The singing and dancing eases the underlying tension, making those moments sprightly and cheerful. The interspersing of the story with letters, quotes from poems, and little notes give a nice feel to the narrative.

    The story is good for light reading. The style is breezy and different which makes it an exciting read. It is fast paced and readers can actually finish it in one go. All the characters have been portrayed well with an individual personality of their own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

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    Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Saturday N

    Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite

    Saturday Night Dance Club (A Novel Based on a True Story) by Karen Truesdell Riehl is a novel that invites readers to share the lives of four couples during the course of a 30-year span, 1900 – 1930, in which each experienced and suffered differently during the world wars and Great Depression. 

    America in the 1900s was the land of true opportunity, and many immigrants took full advantage as they began to move their families over to the States and start a new life in whatever trade they excelled in. Many became highly successful and many just got by, but when the Stock Market crashed in 1929, everyone suffered equally. Sometimes by losing everything they once knew: money, homes, family, material items, and their sanity. This novel provides readers with a keen perspective of pure friendship, hard times, organized crime (Mafia), the Depression; the power of love and the magic of music. 

    Karen Truesdell Riehl has written a conversational style piece with transitional chapters, numerous intriguing characters, and story plots. The author writes each character-scene in the first person, allowing the reader to experience each chapter as if they were part of the novel themselves, thus leaving them feeling an emotional and mental connection and understanding  of the plot and characters.

    Saturday Night Dance Club is a novel that brought mixed emotions to my reading experience. At times I was angry, sad, upset, happy, surprised, excited, and deeply moved by what these four couples and friends within the story had to face and overcome. Karen Truesdell Riehl provided me with more knowledge and personal outlook on what the people of that time period endured. This novel is great for any reader interested in the Great Depression, war, and society of the 1900s.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Saturday Night

    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

    Saturday Night Dance Club by Karen Truesdell Riehl is a true-life story that pulled me right in from page one. The story starts in the 1900s and we follow four couples through the 1930s. They are forced to deal with war, the up and coming organized crime mobsters, the loss of all their lifelong treasures during the depression, and the beginnings of another war. We share the good and bad with each couple as they handle the stress and happiness in their own way; but when they meet for the Saturday Night Dance Club all of their troubles and woes are forgotten as they dance the night and their cares away.  

    Karen Truesdell Riehl wrote Saturday Night Dance Club with feeling, understanding, and tenderness about a tough time in people’s lives.  Saturday Night Dance Club provided me with the joys of love, marriage, and children offsetting the tragedies of death, poverty, and hard times.   I felt personally attached to each of the characters and shared their pleasures and their sorrows with smiles and tears. Saturday Night Dance Club is about real people with a perfect touch of fiction, pulling it all together into one great story. This is a must-read for the history buff, the romantic, and the family saga fan. Male and female readers alike will find something appealing to them, touching them in a special way. I truly believe that Saturday Night Dance Club will see much success and can certainly be adapted into an Oscar-winning movie. Don’t miss this one; it is a sure hit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    A wonderful book

    I loved this book. Set in the early 1900's a story of friends, famlies, and love

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