BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge: Women Within

Are you a bookworm looking for a new read? You’re in luck! It’s senior year of the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! We started off with The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor then followed it up with Glennon Doyle’s popular memoir, Love Warrior, Ali Land’s thriller, Good Me Bad Me, Kris Radish’s Western, A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere, and LB Gschwandtner’s coming of age novel, The Other New Girl. For extra credit, we ventured abroad with Christine Evelyn Volker’s mystery, Venetian Blood. Today, the challenge continues with Anne Leigh Parrish’s multi-generational novel, Women Within.

The BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge continues with Anne Leigh Parrish's multi-generational novel, Women Within, which is a 2017 Maxy Awards winner.

From the Amazon:

This multi-generational novel presents three women whose paths cross at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance Maynard, fierce, intependent and proud, reflects on her long life promoting women’s rights through her career as a professor of history. Eunice Fitch, the perfect caregiver, is often unlucky in love, yet even in middle age refuses to give up searching for the perfect man. Sam Clark is a young aide with a passion for poetry and , small beautiful things, but at war with her own large, ungainly physique. All together they weave a tapestry as rich and complex as the female experience itself.

The BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge continues with Anne Leigh Parrish's multi-generational novel, Women Within, which is a 2017 Maxy Awards winner.

My thoughts on Women Within

Following three different women who are loosely connected, Women Within examines the female experience. Constance is a single mother with a big secret. Eunice struggles to rebuild her life after being financially ruined by a man. Sam is still trying to find her place in the world. This is a quiet novel, well-written if slightly depressing as the women in the story face problem after problem.

As an escapist reader, this book isn’t quite for me. It feels like something that would be assigned in a women’s studies class, which isn’t a bad thing but not what I’d want to read in my free time. However, this 2017 Maxy Awards Best Fiction Winner has lots of fans and definitely gives readers something to think about.

This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.

What are you reading?

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  1. Thanks for the review. This sounds like a good read but probably not a light one you can just pick up and read in one go, eh? I honestly do wish I have more time to read…sigh….

  2. It’s a shame this book wasn’t as uplifiting as it could be – and that it didn’t capture your attention that much.

    Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

    Hope you had a great weekend! We did a lot of Christmassy things like putting our tree up which was good. They predicted wild weather but thankfully it stayed away all weekend.
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  3. I think you have to take breaks with what you read. I burned myself out a bit last month with my nonfiction reads about death and dying. Also fiction…I can’t read too many serious fiction books in a row. But this one sounds like a great read when one is ready to learn and feel all the feels.