It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn’t sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that the answer is waiting for her within the narrow stairwell of her father’s apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors?
In this unique and tender story of an unlikely romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes readers on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Readers will experience the joys of new love, the perseverance of true friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.
I tip my hat to Eva Marie Everson for her wonderful portrayal of a young women living in the 1960s in her latest novel, This Fine Life. Eva is an excellent storyteller and her characters bleed authenticity from their impulsive young love to the pressures and expectations they face as a young minister and wife in a small back blocks town. Told in young Mariette Puttnam’s first person voice, this is an artfully executed novel of the struggles, secrets and passion of Mariette as she finds herself a minister’s wife, confused by her own superficial beliefs and unable to find her place. Eva avoids clichés and stereotypes and instead provides a unique and delightful read that is both moving, heart wrenching and joyous. I can highly recommend this book to all generations but I know my Baby Boomer mum will especially love it!
Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
With thanks to Revell for my review copy