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To escape a big-city scandal, a Depression-era lingerie seamstress flees to the countryside, where she hopes to live and work in peace. Instead, she finds herself unraveling uncomfortable secrets about herself and those closest to her.

In February of 1931, Marion Hatley steps off a train and into the small town of Cooper’s Ford, hoping she’s left her big-city problems behin
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Paperback, first, 277 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Garland Press
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Mary Ellen
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this well-written period piece about a talented and independent woman finding her place in the world despite family secrets and personal hardship. Wonderful!!
John Sullivan
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With its delightful opening sentence, “Marion Hatley was in the habit of looking for signs of discomfort in other women,” Castrodale sets her eponymous heroine -- and the reader -- on a journey to rural Pennsylvania circa 1931, where the protagonist goes to flee a romantic mis-step. Marion reflect’s Castrodale’s empathy for and insight into women’s lives of the time, setting the reader on a delightful journey as well. Marion Hatley is both a fun read and a carefully researched novel set in recen ...more
Wendy Wakeman
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a delight! Castrodale's historical fiction made perfect fodder for this blizzarding day when I am sadly just a tad under the weather. I love Marion Hatley. She's an unforgettable character. The book offers lots of story to carry you through page by page, with sprinklings of everything from lingerie to pirates.
Stacie
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
love a book with a strong female lead. It allows me to jump into the shoes of the main character, to see the world from her perspective. Marion Hatley decides to head to Cooper's Ford, a small country town, leaving her big city life (with it's problems and scandals) behind. She must start anew and readjust to her new world, all while trying to find her footing, set herself up financially and face new challenges head-on.

One of the trials that Marion faces, is designing a new and comfortable cors
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David
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book, and hope it finds a lot of readers. "Marion Hatley" tells the story of a woman fleeing her own shame and stepping, in her retreat, directly into the closely-held secrets of others. Beth Castrodale is insightful and empathetic in detailing and slowly revealing family and romantic relationships, and even her minor characters are alive with perfect detail. The scenes and sentences flow one into the next so that I didn't want to put it down (and for the second half, barely ...more
Debra
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I need to preface this review with I LOVED Castrodale's other two books: Gold River and In This Ground. Marion Hatley is her first novel. (I read her works in reverse chronological order.) Maybe if I had read this first, it would have been four stars.

While I enjoyed this book and it kept me occupied on a recent trip, I didn't love it. I did appreciate the message. Castrodale sets the tale during the Depression. Obviously during the first half (at least) of the 20th Century, women had few option
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Jessica
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
An easy, enjoyable read
Suzanne M
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! Written in a way that makes for a fast, enjoyable read, this novel was completely engrossing and thought provoking. This is a story about a woman who had to move away to escape a "scandal" and instead finds out secrets about herself and the people she has become close to in her new surroundings. Chock full of 1930s stereotypes and situations, this is the best kind of historical fiction!
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Beth Castrodale has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. Her novels include Marion Hatley, a finalist for a Nilsen Prize for a First Novel from Southeast Missouri State University Press (published by Garland Press in 2017), and In This Ground (Garland Press, 2018). Beth's stories have appeared in such journals as Printer’s Devil Review, The Writing Disorder, and the Mulberry Fork Review. Get ...more
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