Never Done

Never Done

by Ginger Dehlinger

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Clara, 14, and Geneva, 16, are close friends until Geneva secretly marries Clara's widowed father. Feeling betrayed by her pa and a girl she idolizes, Clara wants nothing to do with her new young stepmother. Geneva retaliates, beginning a clash of wills that lasts from 1884 to the flu epidemic of 1918.

Years go by without them speaking to one another. Geneva, bolder of the two, lives a life of ease in elegant homes with piped water and domestic help. She shops for the latest in women's fashions and plays pinochle with lady friends.

For spite, Clara marries a handsome cowboy Geneva fancies, but ends up living in a freezing cold cabin and a house infested with bugs. She takes in ironing and feeds miners to make ends meet, discovering love and purpose in the process. It takes a tragedy to bring her and her family together again.

Can she and Geneva see this as an opportunity to put aside the past? Can they salvage a relationship that was once the center of their world?

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BN ID: 2940157241780
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 04/21/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 396
File size: 727 KB

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Never Done 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook via ReadingAlley. This book is a compelling account of one woman's struggles to carve out a life for herself and her family after being brought to Colorado in the late 1880s as a young girl. Despite Clara coming through as a well-developed, multi-faceted, realistic character, others in the account are not given as thorough a treatment. For example, Geneva is portrayed as nothing more than a petty, vapid, jealous and mean-spirited spoiled brat--even into her adulthood. Albert seems ruthless, cold and uncaring, with little regard for his children, only standing up for Clara with Geneva when his grandchildren are grown--years and years too late. But since the story is told primarily from Clara's perspective, it only makes sense that we view others through her eyes with her judgments and prejudices. This book is an excellent window into the world women inhabited in Colorado at the turn of the century, including the obstacles and hardships they faced. Clara's life, while extraordinary, is a microcosm of the ills and vices of that time and how they impacted family life, directly and indirectly. Her story will both educate and entertain and shouldn't be missed by fans of historical fiction, particularly those with an interest in the American West.
Zinfancy More than 1 year ago
"Never Done" is one of the most engaging novels I've read. The author describes details of turn-of-the-century household life in the West in lean and spare language, but her efficiency of her phrases evoke images of beauty, reminding me of the impressionistic technique of Monet: short brush strokes, not of watercolor, but of words which when viewed from a distance create a whole landscape of the life of hard work that is never done. Woven into this landscape, Dehlinger also reveals human emotion through the relationships of her characters, the ups and downs of which are universal. To know that this highly researched novel of life in the American West included her some of her own grandmother's journal entries is to make this book even more of a prize, a keeper.