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Florence: Roman

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Los Angeles, 1952. Louise Wilde hat das Vermögen von Florence Daniels geerbt, einer Drehbuchautorin, die sie kaum kannte. In Florences Haus findet sie alte Fotos von ihrer eigenen Mutter Ethel. Den Kopf voller Fragen macht Louise sich auf den Weg zu ihrem Vater ... Fast dreißig Jahre früher bricht Florence mit ihrem alten Modell T auf. Für einen Job fährt sie von New Jerse ...more
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published December 10th 2018 by Diana Verlag (first published August 8th 2017)
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The Lit Bitch
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole is one of my favorite reads in recent years and of course At The Edge of Summer was also a stunning read, so I was exceptionally eager to read her latest book Woman Enters Left. Needless to say I had high expectations.

I personally think that Brockmole is at her best when she is writing a romance, but this book sounded intriguing and was told in journal form (which I love) so I was eager to see how it unfolded.

This novel had a different tone than some of her
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lot better than Jessica’s last novel (in my opinion). It’s about 3 women—2 in 1926, & 1 in 1952—finding their way and discovering who they really are, while fighting against society’s “rules” and their own hearts.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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10 Things I Loved About Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole
1.It’s built around three strong female characters and presents a wonderful and moving picture of female love and friendship.
2.Its evocation of the glamorous and not so glamorous aspects of the Golden Ages of Hollywood – the studios, the actors, the screenwriters, the casting couch…
3.The brilliantly obs
Meet three ladies. All are travelers. In 1956, it is Louise who is travelling. She is married to a screen writer. She is an actress. Her next 'assignment' is to film in Las Vegas. She sets off in her cherry red Studebaker Champion, leaving her paralyzed husband to fend for himself.

In 1926, Flossie sets out for Hollywood. Before she can get out of the driveway, her high school friend, Ethyl, 'flags' her down and asks to go too. Her husband and daughter have left home, both leaving notes. Carl, he
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louise Wild has decided to drive out to her next job acting in a movie on a set in Vegas. Little does she know, she is following the same route, although in reverse, that the mother, whom she doesn’t remember, followed with her own best friend 26 years before. Just before she leaves Hollywood, Louise discovers that she has inherited everything that Florence Daniels, a screenwriter she hardly even knows, owned. As Louise drives east, she discovers some truths about the mother who died when she wa ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woman Enters Left is so much more than a story about a Hollywood star returning home for Christmas. Louise Wilde is contacted by a lawyer and she finds herself the beneficiary of the estate of a woman she really didn’t know, a screenwriter named Florrie Daniels. While at the meeting which takes place at the woman’s apartment she finds an envelope full of photos – of her mother who died when Louise when a child. Louise also finds a diary and several screenplays that excite her in a way her curren ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Women Enters Left" is the story of two different road trips taken a couple decades apart. In the 1930s, Florrie and Ethel have already been friends for about forever. They are leaving their jobs behind to go to the West Coast where she hopes to land a job in Hollywood. Decades later, Louise is running away from her life as an actress as she tries to put together why she has just inherited the estate of Florrie, a screenwriter that she barely knew. She will go on another, vastly different road t ...more
"Stop worrying about your lines. There's no script for life, my girl."
"There has to be," she insists.
"Nope. No choreography. No blocking. No score. You improvise and ad-lib and hope you have the right co-stars."

2.5 stars
This book... Sometimes I thought that there had been two authors working on this. One talented, the other... well, let's just say that instruction manuals need writing, too.
The story of Florrie and Eth was inredibly touching and even had me in tears. It was wonderfully writte
Davida Chazan
I can't believe I didn't read this one sooner! No matter, better late than never. Here's my full review:
Luchi Rzezak
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Well Letters from Skye was amazing, At The Edge of Summer was incredible and now this book is another standing ovation for Jessica.
The plot, description, details, how she build the characters and her writing style is perfect and unique. This book is something else, Eth and F and C and the way she mixes with Al and Arnie brought tears to my eyes, but I also laughed, and now they have a place in my heart. Cheers for the bravest women!
I’ll be waiting your next surprise.
Helen Carolan
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by Brockmore was a terrific read. 1952 in Hollywood, and actress Louise inherits an apartment from Florrie, a scriptwriter she hardly new, who she discovers knew her mother who died when Louise was a child. 1926, and Ethel discovers her husband has left her taking their daughter with him. The very same day her old friend Florrie reappears after a seven year absence and the two women embark on a road trip to Nevada to try and persuade Ethel's husband to come home. Along the way they dis ...more
Paula Hess
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An author I highly recommend. Enjoyed all her books and look forward to the next one.
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Sadly I keep getting lost in the back and forth and journal entries with this one. It's a DNF for now any way :( ...more
Colleen Turner
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely adored Jessica Brockmole's debut novel, Letters from Skye, when I read it a number of years ago. It was the first epistolary novel I can remember reading that just completely captivated me and brought the characters and the Isle of Skye to vivid life. While I haven't yet read her sophomore novel, At the Edge of Summer, I've been wanting to for some time and didn't want to miss the chance on this newest book, Woman Enters L
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Book club selection for my group. I did find her characters colorful and the dialogue engaging at times, however, I felt the author tried to cover too many topics all in one novel. Some of it interested me, some didn’t. It would have helped if the author titled each chapter by the character as well, not just the year. Jumping around from time-frame and character viewpoints interspersed with a lot of dialogue did not help the flow of the read, but for the most part, kept my interest.

The author t
Tara Chevrestt
I've enjoyed this author's work in the past and was excited about this novel. It fell a little short for me, however. First of all, the alternating POVs was very jarring. The modern-day heroine switching to the past was fine, but the switching journals between the two women in the past...not easy. You have to pay close attention to whether the journal starts with a date or a day and remember who is which. Only until one woman mentions the other did I figure it out half the time and even then I w ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woman Enters Left is a charming book. Louise Wilde is an actress in Hollywood circa 1950's. Her story is interspersed with her mother's 1920's journey from her home in New Jersey to the west. She's traveling with her formerly estranged best friend who's heading to California with dreams of making a name for herself as a screen writer. Louise is troubled about her marriage and her career and the further east she drive the more she contemplates her parents' marriage which brings up lots of memorie ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I loved it!! I really liked this author's other book, "Letters from Skye", and found myself just as engrossed in this book. I loved the characters and the story line and was never bored. It's nice to read a novel from these time periods that is based in America, and the story line itself is timeless and optimistic. ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for the format of the flashback sections. Just a little blah for me. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I started the blog, I read Jessica Brockmole's Letter from Skye which I absolutely loved. I thought it was so clever as the entire romantic love story was told through letters. I saw her at the Edinburgh Book Festival that year and really enjoyed listening to her talk about the book. So I was really pleased to be offered the opportunity to read her latest novel, Woman Enters Left.

Woman Enters Left tells the connected stories of Ethel and Florrie in the 1920s and Ethel's daughter in the 19
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 1950's, movie star Louise Wilde is caught between an unfulfilling acting career and a shaky marriage when she receives an out-of-the-blue phone call: She has inherited the estate of Florence "Florrie" Daniels, a Hollywood screenwriter she barely recalls meeting. Among Florrie's belongings are several unproduced screenplays, personal journals, and -- inexplicably-- old photographs of Louise's mother, Ethel. On an impulse, Louise passes up a film shoot in Las Vegas and sets off for her fath ...more
A beautiful book about female friendship, complicated not-quite-unrequited love, and the loss of a mother. Ultimately, it’s about female identity - how we see ourselves, how the world sees us, and what we choose to do with both of those things. Women are very much at the centre of this book, with the focus of both narratives following the women as they come to recognise their true selves in the expanse of the American landscape.

It’s cleverly and unconventionally written, and one of the few time
Susan Peterson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woman Enters Left takes readers along for the ride in this original, cleverly written, poignant story of two very different road trips, each of them a journey of discovery. In 1926, Ethel and Florrie head west from Newark to Nevada; two old friends who rediscover their deep friendship while revealing secrets both startling and terrifying. In 1952, movie star Louise Wilde sets off for the East Coast, after she receives an inheritance which includes pictures of her mother, who died when she was si ...more
Heather Balog
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Absolutely NOT what I was expecting at all. I was thinking this would be a mindless, fluffy Hollywood novel and it was not at all.
This book takes us back into the twenties after the First World War. The girls who had painted the dials on the watches used by the soldiers were suddenly coming down with unusual illnesses—anemia, teeth loss, spontaneously broken bones. They’re dubbed “The Radium Girls”.
The novel follows two of this girls as they travel across the country from New Jersey
Quick read about a young Hollywood actress in the early 50’s who begins to drive east in an effort to find out about her mother and to learn more about herself.
Interesting characters but underdeveloped, especially her father, Carl.
Jacie Atteng
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, I didn’t fall head over heels but I throughly enjoyed myself.
Nancy (Nani)
This was a really good book, although a bit sad and depressing. I had hope for a happy ending. You will have to read it to find out. Worth reading for sure. A lot of research was done to pull this interesting historical novel together.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the journal entries, grocery lists, and menus. Plus, I want some of that greasy spoon diner food.
Catherine Mack
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was a wonderful read. I thought the setup of the book helped to keep the stories straight. The journal entries kept the 1930s time period separate from the rest of the story. I didn't have any trouble following this format. All of the characters were very well developed and I connected to them easily. I felt like I was traveling the road with them. It was interesting to read the history of divorce dude ranches and radium factories. I didn't want to put ...more
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars but I was generous because this is the only book I've read for awhile that I haven't wanted to put down. The parallel narratives were a bit hard to follow at first, since the timelines are so close together and there are two journals alternating in the 1926 timeline. Once I got the characters sorted, however, I really enjoyed this easy read with big but softly handled themes of being true to oneself and standing one's ground, particularly if one is a woman. Brock ...more
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I have been enamored with historical fiction since I was old enough to sit still for bedtime readings of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Now, I write stories of my own (and am much better at sitting still). I am the author of LETTERS FROM SKYE, a novel of love, family, and the letters holding both together, and AT THE EDGE OF SUMMER, set in WWI France, and the upcoming WOMAN ENTERS LEFT. I also ha ...more

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