For four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesn’t come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home lives—and hope for a better future.
Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition.
The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, they’ll draw strength—and the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams. (From Goodreads)
I would rate this book, a four out of five stars.
First of all, Thank you Booksparks, and Jane Healey for the opportunity to read and review this heartwarming book.
It’s safe to say, I’m a fan of Historical Fiction, and I am a fan of stories about Friendship. This book beautifully combines the two. The friendship Caprice, Maria, Ada, and Thea have is something to be admired. Many of us would love to have connections and friendships like the ladies in this book.
Jane Healey, did an incredible job writing about the hardships, struggles, joys, heartaches, and happiness that happens with these four girls. I had never known prior to reading this book that Saturday Evening Clubs were a real thing back in the 1900’s so of course I had to Google it, and learn more about them. I love when authors can bring facts into Fiction. It makes for a great reading experience. This book is beautifully written, and it really captivates the reader quite early one. I read almost all of it, in one sitting it was that good. I look forward to the future works of Jane Healey, and I will be a forever fan, because I genuinely love this book!