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Preview — True Women by Janice Woods Windle
Available again in a hardcover edition, True Women is Janice Woods Windle's best-selling novel about several generations of strong Texas women, based upon the lives of her own ancestors.
Explosive opening episode of women, children, slaves fleeing in February cold/wet wilds and weather ahead of Santa Anna's army after final events at the alamo. Mexican criminal types haven't changed their modus operandi much in the last 175 years. He'd be right ...more
This book chronicles the ancestors family -- mainly the strong women that were her mother, grand-mothers, and great-grandmothers. The story takes place in Texas and spans the years 18 ...more
I felt like the author was too disorganized, the characters were not fleshed out, and the biggest problem I had with the novel was the constant dramatic foreshadowing. I hate reading a novel where the future is so plainly laid out to you. Example: "And that would be the last time Euphemia saw [insert character] for the next 10 years." There were tons of moments that needed dramatic cue music with them and it drove ...more
Con's: Ms. Windle attempted to cover a huge amount of time in this book (over 100 years), and the last 1/3 of the book especially seemed to touch only the highlights, narrate scenes almost like a history book would, and barely scratch the surface of any emotion surrounding ...more
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The book was pretty good for a first novel. Basically the author researched her family history in Texas and took the reader through some of Texas's important moments through the experience of her ancestresses.