Five Stars! *****
I just finished reading Echoes At Dawn, by Kathleen Ann Gallagher. Although Romance is admittedly not my favorite genre, I really did enjoy this one. My review is below!
We are introduced to the main character, Madeline Young, as she dines with her friends. Kathleen Ann Gallagher really does a good job of setting up the scenes in her novel, and giving the reader a sense of atmosphere and ambiance.
The tone of her writing is very straight-forward. Mine tends to be that way as well. And you know who also wrote that way? Hemingway.
Anyway, Madeline likes to enjoy the company of her friends, Anne, Mara, and Maggie. They're all getting older, although they still hang out just the same as when they were back in high school. The sense of camaraderie is refreshing.
Like the title character of The Aeneid (Aeneas, who Paris encounters, fleeing the burning Troy), Madeline is struggling to care for both the older and younger generations all at once as she, too, flees from life's catastrophes.
She meets Nat Griffin, a lecturer at the alcohol addiction facility she's decided to volunteer at, to further support and assist her son. The two have a mutual attraction to one another that blossoms into a beautiful romance.
There were some grammatical errors, but overall, they don't detract from the story.
I really found myself rooting for these characters to be together despite the odds against them.