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.
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By Sara on 10-01-18
A Sweet Story
I enjoyed this gently told story about young women growing up as first generation immigrants in early 1900s Boston. The focus of the story was centered on hope and changing the old and familiar ways of living. With the support of the club and a collection of generous society ladies the girls lives were transformed.
The story was very positive, for me almost a bit too positive. At times, I thought it was a little too rose colored glasses and overly smooth and easy in the way things worked out. In reality, life for young women at the time was difficult and no matter how hard they worked not everyone had such success.
That said, this book was an upbeat story which nicely captured the historic feeling of the time.
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By Angela Dieckman on 25-05-18
Interesting and sweet story
3.5/5: This was a sweet, simple story that held my interest for the most part. It gives a glimpse of life in the early 1900's for four young, immigrant women. They each walk a line of adapting American ways while holding onto traditions of their families. Each of the four women's characters were developed fairly well. You also get a glimpse into how important the Saturday Evening Girls Club (SEG) was to each of them. I also liked that each chapter began with an Italian or Jewish proverb (the two main people groups represented in the main characters). Worth reading.
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