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Book Review: Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Huge thank you to 4th Estate Books for my advance copy of Valentine. Out already in the US, and out in June in the UK.

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Genre: Historical Fiction

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: This book was SO good. Although it sounds like it is going to be focused on Gloria, the book is about so much more than that. It’s about ALL the girls/women in Odessa, Texas in the 1970s. A time and place where men dominated everything, this is the story gives women a voice.

The book is heavily character driven (in case you hadn’t guessed!) each chapter alternates between several different women’s point of views – which I loved. I think my favourite was that of Mary Rose.

Beautifully written, pulls at your heartstrings, full of brave and courageous female characters – a must add to your TBR

Plot

Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .

It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.

In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.

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