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Pink Chimneys: A Novel of Nineteenth-Century Maine

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Back in print by popular demand! Set against the backdrop of temperance crusades, emerging statehood, and the explosive economic and political importance of Bangor when it was the lumber capital of the world, Pink Chimneys captures the romance and excitement of Maine's colorful history in a story that interweaves the lives of a midwife, a madam, and a young seamstress with ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Tilbury House Publishers (first published October 1987)
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Elise Ozarowski
Oct 23, 2015 Elise Ozarowski rated it really liked it
This book was a pretty big surprise for me. I didn't expect much from it because it was written in the 80's about nineteenth century Bangor. Those things didn't interest me terribly, but I have to say I feel really connected to every single character. The writing style reminded me of an updated Jane Austen, and it really gave the environment a vividness that I appreciated. Still, with that more restrained, telling style, I rarely feel like the characters are human. Women are often far too formal ...more
Catherine McGinnes
Jun 15, 2015 Catherine McGinnes rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book! It's a fictional story, but with elements about real Maine history brought in.
It's all about women's struggle in 19th century Maine and is set around three, awesome female characters over the course of their lifetimes.
Every character was unique and apparently they were all based off of real women who lived in Maine in the 19th century.
I especially loved the first woman, Maude. She was studying to become a mid-wife and was so smart and so outspoken she just made my f
Jane Mclean
Had to take a break from Goodreads during our move. Now I have a new library card and I'm baaack. This is the first of a trilogy set in the area of Maine we just moved to. A good read for learning about local history.
Jan 10, 2016 Carla rated it it was amazing
I don't even remember how long ago it was that I read this book. But the fact that I've never forgotten the title says something to me.
Jun 07, 2012 LJ rated it liked it
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Overall I thought this novel was enjoyable. My favourite section was the last one - it was the strongest in terms of plot and excitment and also in regards to giving the reader a good sense of the busyness of nineteenth-century Maine. The characters were enjoyable but the resolution was too quick at the end and I was left wondering how things could be resolved so finitely with little to no discussion. I would be interested in reading her sequel, Abbott's Reach, in the future....And I find the au ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Hollyutah rated it liked it
Predictable, but good story, especially if you are from Maine.
Sep 09, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book, Historical Fiction....but is it really fiction about Bangor ME and Portland back in the 1800s, the focus is on three women, who they are and were and what became of them in this era. I thought the writing was fantastic. Loved the book, highly recommend
Oct 04, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
I bought and read the newest (2007) version, published by Bookmarcs Publishing. Excellent story of 19th century Bangor, ME. Great depiction of what Bangor and the surrounding communities were like during to log boom era. Intense, colorful female characters who are connected in surprising ways. I'll read this one again!
Dec 23, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I read this quite a while ago, but I remember that I really liked it. I am always drawn to books set in my home state, and this one was based on some interesting women's history.
Aug 15, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book! Learned a lot about Bangor and Hampden while reading. The love stories made the characters from history seem more alive. I could almost see the 1800's layered over current day roads.
Jan 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A wonderful story about a midwife in 19th century Maine sent to me by my dear friend Sharon while I was struggling in grad school.
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