This book had a lot of draws for me. I totally picked it up for it's cover and title and then the 1960's setting drew me in as did the alternate life story of what might have been. I really enjoyed it but am having a hard time writing a coherent and articulate review as there is so much to the story and I don't want to give anything away.
Both of Kitty's worlds were interesting and I couldn't help but be fascinated with her confusion each time as she entered into the dream world. She had to figure things out on the fly which would be totally disconcerting for her and of course her reactions would be confusing for the dream family. I really liked how the writing never left me confused as to what reality Kitty/Katharyn was in and that allowed me to really get into the story of the lives of the character(s). As Katharyn's story developed there were some aspects to it that involved one of the kids that for me was of great interest because of my education background. That was a development I didn't know was in there and I enjoyed reading that part of the story as it 's history is something I 've always been interested in. (I can't say more without giving things away so I'll just have to leave it at that.)
The 60's aspect was well written. The descriptions of everything from lifestyle, to the decor, the clothing, the political climate to the attitudes and thoughts towards different things such as women's roles in life was all historically correct. It reminded of why I chose the field I did. The one thing I didn't like about the story was the one explicit scene in it. I groaned inwardly when it came up wondering if the novel would be over run with them and if I would end up laying it aside. To me the explicitness was totally unnecessary and the scene could have been told to give me the idea of the character's feelings at the time without describing the whole act to me. Thankfully that was the one and only occurrence and it ended up being an interesting and unique story,
I gave it an 8.5/10
Reading Challenge Goals Met: A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit (Denver, Colorado), a book with bad reviews (this one had some mixed reviews), a book by an author I've never read, a book published this year, a book by a female author, a book chosen entirely for it's cover
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