Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Louise's Blunder - Review
Louise's Blunder by Sarah R. Shaber
Rating: 3 Stars
Description: Louise Pearlie is working her way through the war as a Government Girl and occasionally something more. So when she's summoned to a high ranking official's office and given the task on checking up on another employee she's not entirely surprised. She is surprised when she gets caught up in a world of lies and secrets and sometimes even murder.
Why I Picked This Book: I had read an earlier book from this author in another series and had enjoyed it. I like books that are set during this time period.
Pros: This book really felt like it was set during World War 2. They talked a lot about housing problems and rationing as well as fears for what was going to happen to their chances of employment after the war was over. Louise was an interesting character. She's intelligent and curious as well as kind. The mystery itself was interesting and I definitely wanted to find out what had really happened and what a few characters were up to.
Cons: There was a lot going on in this book and at times it strayed into too much detail. It's a short book - around 200 pages - and in those 200 pages is crammed a well-developed setting, a large number of characters, lots of discussions on social reform, a murder mystery and a subplot involving Louise's landlord's son. It got to be a bit too jumbled for me and the mystery didn't get the detail I thought it deserved.
Overall: The setting on this was really interesting and I learned a little about what life was really like in World War 2 era Washington DC. I just wish there hadn't been so much extra detail.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Probably. While there were flaws overall I enjoyed this one and would probably get the next book.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you enjoy books set on the home front during World War 2 I think you may like this one but I can't whole-heartedly recommend it.