Turtle was a very different kind of book for me. It was a Kindle check-out and also on a list of historical fiction that I made for a work project. This one, set in 1935 is the story of a young girl, Turtle, who is sent by her mom to live with her sister and sister's family in the Florida Keys. Her mom is a housekeeper to rich folks and her boss doesn't like children. Turtle's mom is sure that the difficulties will be over soon, though because she has found THE man of her dreams, a salesman who promises to marry her and provide a good life for her and Turtle. The story is about love and healing and forgiveness, single motherhood, poverty, all kinds of things, without being preachy at all. A lovely, short, beautiful story. Turtle is a smart, tough cookie (nicknamed Turtle because of her hard shell) and she fits in with her gang of boy cousins, showing them that a girl can do the things that they can do, and sometimes better. There's buried treasure, babies with diaper rash and laughter and tears. Loved it.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.