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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
September Girl by Kathryn Leigh Scott commences with Olivia and Jake celebrating the publication of Livvie’s book. All too soon, their joy is torn away by Jake’s death. A sympathy card from Robert Yardley leads her to reminisce. Livvie remembers the photography studio Robert had years ago, where the niece of the late occupant gave her a box. She found photos and a diamond ring, which prompted her to phone Robert. When she mentions her tour, Robert suggests that she also visit him. They fall into comfortable old ways until Robert collapses. Olivia takes him to the hospital, claiming to be his wife. However, the revelation that is waiting back at his house is truly startling.
September Girl by Kathryn Leigh Scott is a genuinely bittersweet example of women’s literature. I readily sympathized with Livvie, as getting lost in memories is extremely seductive. At first, I thought this would be a second-chance romance, but it turned out to be something of a thriller. I was amazed that Olivia had forgiven Robert for his role in their past. I wished the young Livvie had been more assertive, or that the mature Livvie had confronted Robert. Then she could have fought for her rights! Dorah’s behavior was villainous, even for the times. It made me angry. I was astounded by the circumstances that had conspired to create the situation, and yet found the coincidences utterly credible. I believe that this book relates a story the reader will not only enjoy but will long to discuss with friends and family.