Whistling Women: A Novel

Whistling Women: A Novel

by Kelly Romo

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Life went terribly wrong for Addie Bates in San Diego, and she’s been running from dark memories ever since. For fifteen years, the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony has provided a safe haven for Addie to hide from the crime she committed. But when the residents pack up to go on exhibit at the 1935 world’s fair in San Diego, Addie returns and must face the thrilling yet terrifying prospect of reuniting with her estranged sister, Wavey.

Addie isn’t the only one interested in a reunion. When her niece, Rumor, discovers she has an aunt, Rumor is determined to bring her family together. But it’s not so easy when the women are forced to confront family secrets, past and present.

Set against the backdrop of the 1935 world’s fair, Whistling Women explores the complex relationships between sisters, the sacrifices required to protect family, and the devastating consequences of a single impulsive act.

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ISBN-13: 9781503948785
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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Whistling Women: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
~*~ thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the copy of this book to read and review ~*~ I was drawn to this book at first because in the blurb a nudist colony was mentioned. My parents once belonged to a nudist colony so I had an interest in the topic and hoped more would have been mentioned about it in the story although the nudist colony was not the main focus at all. Additionally, having family that lives in the San Diego area, it was a pleasure to read about what it must have been like a century ago. I could easily visualize the places mentioned as they are now and must have been back then. I once lived in bungalows described in the book and remember them well. I truly enjoyed this foray into the past and my past, too. The story was of sisters – two sets of sisters separated by a generation and linked through blood. Neither set of sisters had an easy life although both sets did care for one another and for the next generation of sisters though it was not always apparent or easy for them to express. Other reviewers will give the details of the story, probably outline the plot, explain what was and was not liked by them and hand out a rating. I am going to list comments that I wrote down while reading this story – a story that once I began reading I had difficulty putting down: Historically accurate Vivid Vibrant Well crafted Complex characters Wonderful turns of phrase Luscious descriptions Evocative Cinematic Graphic Grand Wonderful Enthralling Sweet Challenging And more… I enjoy reading a book that makes me think and feel and helps me to see what may have been…this book did all of that and more. I highly recommend “Whistling Woman” and look forward to reading any other books that Kelly Romo may write in the future if they are as well written as this one.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Whistling Women by Kelly Romo is an historical novel. It is May of 1935. Addie Bates is thirty-two years old and lives in Sleepy Valley in northern California. Sleepy Valley is a nudist colony. The people who live in Sleepy Valley are getting ready to travel to the world’s fair in San Diego. Addie has not returned to San Diego since she left after an incident. Addie does not want to go, but if she does not go she will be made to leave Sleepy Valley. Addie’s sister Wavey Rose Briggs Donnelly lives with her two daughters in San Diego. This could be a chance to make amends to her sister (for what happened fifteen years ago) and get to know her nieces, Mary and Rumor. Will her sister give her a chance? Rumor Donnelly is excited to find out about Addie. She wants to get to know her aunt and mother back together. Will a family reunion be in store for the family or will the past get in their way? The story goes between what is happening in the present and goes back to 1917. Addie was in orphan asylum when her sister, Wavey and her new husband, Tyrone Fulton Briggs ask Addie to come live with them. Wavey is expecting her first child and Addie will provide needed help. Addie believes it is a dream come true. What happens that causes Addie to run away and have no contact with her sister for fifteen years? Secrets have a way of coming out eventually. Whistling Women is a very slow paced novel (it took quite a while before it gets to the secrets and incident). It sounded like such a good book, but I did not enjoy reading it (I could not wait for this novel to end). I found the majority of the characters to be lack luster. The only one with spunk and life was Rumor, the niece (but she did become annoying after a while). Whistling Women is a predicable novel (you know what is going to happen before you read it). The writing is just satisfactory. I give Whistling Women 2 out of 5 stars. If you need a book to put you to sleep, then read Whistling Women. I received a complimentary copy of Whistling Women from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A historical fiction that is told through two very different points of view a woman who has ended up in a nudist colony and the other view is a young girl who finds out she has more family than what she has always known - her mother, sister and "father," this discovery sends her on an adventure to find out who she really is. I loved the few chapters at the beginning that set up these two characters separately and then the reveal came early - which I loved! It gave the author the bulk of the book for these two to interact and to have a real full story.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Addie has been running away for 15 years. She now must face the music and pay for her past. When Addie returns to Sand Diego after a 15 year hiatus in a nudist colony (yes, I said a nudist colony), she tries to reunite with her sister. Things do not go as planned. There are so many aspects of this novel that I adored. I loved the time period. The 1935 world’s fair, what a great setting. The author did a lot of research to get that right. And the nudist colony!!! Who would’ve thought to use that. Very unique! The characters are impressive. They interact well and really draw you in and keep you there. I loved Rumor. She is an amazingly, strong character. One minute you want to come through the book and hit her upside the head, and the next minute you want to give her a hug. I did feel the story was a little wordy and long. Parts of the tale are brilliant, just a little too descriptive in places. However, don’t let that stop you. This story should not be missed. And the cover is just marvelous! I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. The characters were very unique and interesting. The historical portions were waved flawlessly into the story. The novel included: family problems, love, abuse, bravery, nudists, alcohol, tragedy, triumphs, secrets, sacrifice, sisters, and more. The pages flew because it was well written and fascinating!!! If you loved "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen or "The Partisan" by William Jarvis, this is the book for you. Wonderful historical fiction. This book deserves an A+++++++++++++
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I tried to read it all in one sitting, but it was getting daylight and I had errands to run today. I cannot praise this book enough! I absolutely loved the characters - Mary cracked me up with her "yes, darling". It was as if I really knew the characters and was with them throughout the book. And the story as a whole, had me so intrigued. I just kept wanting to slap Wavey for what she did to her sister and how she kept turning her away. And the scene with Rumor and Mildred towards the end, that was just classic! There was just so much good about this book. I know it will be on my Top 12 for 2015! It was seriously that good. You knew there were secrets and they would come out a little bit at a time. Then I would go OMG! Then towards the end when all the secrets came out and I picked up my jaw from off my Ipad. I actually had goosebumps at how well the author had put the whole thing together. It was like she was working a puzzle and knew exactly where every piece went the first time she held it. I cannot recommend this book enough. I haven't really heard any buzz about this book, but there should be. There should be a lot of buzz. A HUGE thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Serious readers need to get on the bandwagon and be ahead of the crowd on this one, it's that good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an advance reader copy through a friend and was hooked from the first paragraph. I'm in love with the setting and the author’s ability to illustrate the raw humanity within the characters and supporting characters. I never have to guess what time period it is set in. I have done quite a bit of research myself on the mid 1930's and everything seemed spot on. It was vibrant, earthy, and oh so relatable. Whistling Women accurately depicts women’s issues, not only in the 1930's, but today as well. I feel this book will be very popular to mass market audiences. It really kept me reading and I felt a strong connection to the characters. I've already ordered my hardcover copy, since it is listed for pre-sale. It's earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf.