Better Luck Next Time
Exploring the world of a Reno ranch in the late 1930s when women seeking divorces would stay for six weeks to speed up the process! This one is from the point of view from a young and handsome ranch hand who was asked to work as much as possible with his shirt off!
There are some memorable characters with big personalities in this one and a bit of romance thrown in too. Many of the women were wealthy and some were on multiple divorces! Our narrator, Ward, is a hard-working ranch ...more
The story is told through Ward’s eyes, a young man working as a ranch hand at the Flying Leap. He becomes entangled in the drama and shenanigans of two clients, Emily and Nina, one leaving a cheating husband in San Francisco, and the other an heiress working on d ...more
Better Luck Next Time was a different adventure for me when going down a historical route. Mostly because every time I dive into a historical book, ARC or not, it's mostly around a war. So, I'm not going to lie - this was different and I was really excited to take the chance to dive into it.
Since I've never been married, divorced, or wanted to go to a camp with people - this intrigued me. Yeah, I went to summer camp for soc ...more
I was so in love with everything - narrator Ward, even more with Nina and Emily and especially their friendship, wit ...more
An fun and interesting look at a 1930s divorce ranch and the 6 week stint that a group shared on the ranch. These ranches (true from history) were a place women could go spend 6 weeks at to get their Nevada citizenship which then allowed them to divorce their husband.
We meet a cast of women but the two main women involved are Nina (on her third trip to the ranch) and Emily. The two pair up and become fast friends. One drives an automobile while the other an airplane denoting ...more
I laughed out loud, starting with the first page with the narrator's epigram, "Some men are born gigolos; others have it thrust upon them."
In 1988, Dr. Howa ...more
This book was wholly unique and a breath of fresh air. The story is narrated by Ward, described as "Cary Grant in cowboy boots", as he reflects back on his time working at the Flying Leap, a divorce ranch in Reno during the 1930's. The ranch caters to a cast of independent, eccentric, and conflicted soon-to-be divorced women.
It was a feel-good story full of o ...more
I enjoyed this feel-good entertaining story about wealthy women in the 1930s who stay at a ranch in Reno for six weeks, which qualifies them for residency status and enables them to get a quick divorce. Narrated as a series of often humorous recollections by Ward, one of the young ranch hands, I found myself looking for excuses to read just one more chapter. Memorable characters, clever dialogue, romance, a ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I was able to get lost in the story and just enjoy it. I predicted a couple of the twists and felt like it lost a little steam when a ...more
Told from the perspective of a retired physician, Ward reflects about his time working at the ranch at the age of 24. He particularly recalls two women Nina, a St. Louis hei ...more
But I definitely recommend her first novel, Be Frank With Me! 👍 ...more
One of his better stories involves his escapades with Nina and Emily during their visit at The Flying Leap ranch in 1938. Nina is a regular client of the ranch and is back for her third divorce. An he ...more
An interesting look at a 1930s divorce ranch and the 6 week stint that a group shared on the ranch. These ranches (true from history) were a place women could go spend 6 weeks at to get their Nevada citizenship which then allowed them to divorce their husband.
We meet a cast of women but the two main women involved are Nina (on her third trip to the ranch) and Emily. The two pair up and become fast friends. One drives an automobile while the other an airpla ...more
Unfortunately, this book just didn't work for me. I liked past work from this author & had looked forward to this release. This book didn't offer any of the whimsy of the former work, however, & ultimately I just found myself unengaged. It's a missed opportunity, I think.
The idea of the book is really great & has fun written all over it. The manner of execution is where the concept died. I did not care for the device...more
The book focuses on love,loss, heartbreak, and unique friendships.
As the story opens, Ward is looking back through the years when he was employed at the Flying Leap. His family had lost everything in the Depression and he was forced to leave college and seek employment. He becomes friendly with two ...more
This is not your typical Historical Fiction and I will say that it is has a slower pace, but it was also an easy read. It is set in the 1930s in Reno, at a divorce ranch where women came to stay at for 6 weeks while they waited for their divorces to go through. It is told from the point of view of Ward, a young man that works as a ranch hand, who is there t ...more