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A Necessary Woman by Helen Van Slyke
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A Necessary Woman

by Helen Van Slyke

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Novel @ a woman divorcing, travel finding her priorities

A cruise in the South Seas gives thirty-eight year old Mary the opportunity to reflect on her life. Next to her is her young and beloved niece Jayne who, with her uninhibited frankness, forces her to face new emotions, including the attraction to a fellow traveler. Torn between the love for her husband, who does not respect her, and the feeling that is being born, Mary struggles with her conscience ...
  christinejoseph | Jul 27, 2015 |
A book probably very relevant in the late 70's, when it was set. A 39-yo career woman in a dead marriage, wanting to not be the strong one in the relationship anymore, agonizes over leaving her husband. In the meantime, her niece tries to convert a homosexual man into being straight, becoming pregnant in the process. The story is set on a Pacific cruise, then in San Francisco. The characters are interesting, and I enjoyed the peek into the Asia of that day, but the story just underscored how times have indeed changed. ( )
  wareagle78 | Feb 3, 2014 |
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