Saturday Night Dance Club

A Novel Based on a True Story

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
244 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2013
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Author Biography

For some folks dyslexia is a curse. For me it's been a blessing. Not being able to read or write until the age of ten forced me to express myself through acting. At the Stephens College playhouse in Missouri I fell in love with an actor – a married actor. (Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott)
We were talented, young, strong, and sure we’d find success in New York. George did find it. I found myself pregnant. George wanted me to abort the baby. I refused.
My friend Tammy Grimes, who later became a two-time Tony Award winner (The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives) helped me find the Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers outside of Boston, where I gave birth to our daughter. Watch for my play, Bad Girl, based on that experience, scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2014.)
George went on to become a famous film actor. I acted in regional theatre, while raising our daughter and three sons through two failed marriages.
Years later George returned to my life (Hello Again). He left again in 1982.
A few years later I met Richard, a talented musician and great husband.
After learning from my family history of the hardships and joys of the early 1900’s, I wrote Saturday Night Dance Club.
After living several years in Terre Haute, Indiana and North Conway New Hampshire, near the home of Peyton Place author Grace Metalious, I was inspired to write Freedom's Sins.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite

Saturday Night Dance Club (A Novel Based on a True Story) by Karen Truesdell Riehl is a novel that invites readers to share the lives of four couples during the course of a 30-year span, 1900 – 1930, in which each experienced and suffered differently during the world wars and Great Depression.

America in the 1900s was the land of true opportunity, and many immigrants took full advantage as they began to move their families over to the States and start a new life in whatever trade they excelled in. Many became highly successful and many just got by, but when the Stock Market crashed in 1929, everyone suffered equally. Sometimes by losing everything they once knew: money, homes, family, material items, and their sanity. This novel provides readers with a keen perspective of pure friendship, hard times, organized crime (Mafia), the Depression; the power of love and the magic of music.

Karen Truesdell Riehl has written a conversational style piece with transitional chapters, numerous intriguing characters, and story plots. The author writes each character-scene in the first person, allowing the reader to experience each chapter as if they were part of the novel themselves, thus leaving them feeling an emotional and mental connection and understanding of the plot and characters.

Saturday Night Dance Club is a novel that brought mixed emotions to my reading experience. At times I was angry, sad, upset, happy, surprised, excited, and deeply moved by what these four couples and friends within the story had to face and overcome. Karen Truesdell Riehl provided me with more knowledge and personal outlook on what the people of that time period endured. This novel is great for any reader interested in the Great Depression, war, and society of the 1900s.