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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
"North of Channing Street" by Gloria Spivey Flecker is a novel that spans almost 45 years in the life of Molly Peale. In her quest to become a Broadway actress she gives up a chance to run away with what she thinks is the love of her life. With the death of her mother, she leaves home to follow her dream, eventually making it big time on the stage. She takes up writing novels also, but love seems to elude her. With her producer being in love with her, she passes that chance of happiness until she meets her once teenage love again. She realizes now that all she had back then was an infatuation. But is it too late at 50 years to reunite with Jeff her old producer? Her best girlfriends, who have their own baggage to carry, are always there for her, encouraging her along the way as she makes an effort to once again find love. Upon the death of her father, I think she finally realizes there is more to life than fame and fortune.
I found this book to be quite interesting once I go into it. The author has managed to bring to the forefront all the different emotions that women have: hope, love, disappointments, compassion for others and especially dreams. There is a spiritual side to the story but unless one really deep reads one will miss that point. The more I read the more I thought of one of my favorite movies called “Beaches”. Molly and Rosalie shared a deep friendship since the 5th grade, which has lasted over time and just seems to grow stronger. There are sexual situations throughout the book but nothing erotic or the revealing of the actual act. I think any age from 18 on up would enjoy this book.