The Education of Evelyn

A Novel

Fiction - Social Issues
560 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2018
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Author Biography

The Education of Evelyn is my fourth novel and my most ambitious. I sat down one morning and started writing, and that's when Bob Hennessy and Evelyn came alive. After that, they took me for a ride into their world, as did all my other characters. I used Hartford, Connecticut, as my base because I have worked in, and lived close to, the city most of my adult life. I do my best writing on trains, am addicted to chocolate, and I love to hear from my readers. I can be reached at

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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

The Education of Evelyn (A Novel) by Pamela Frances Basch is the type of novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience made up of young adults and adults who enjoy reading about moving relationships between children and adults that profoundly affect both individuals. Bob Hennesy is a sixty-five-year-old widower who has been living in depression since he was forced to retire from his teaching job. However, Bob’s life takes a surprising turn for the better when a four-year-old by the name of Evelyn begs him to come help her mother who is sick. Little Evelyn’s request for help might just be enough to propel Bob out of his depression and may be able to help him find new purpose in his life after his forced retirement.

The Education of Evelyn (A Novel) by Pamela Frances Basch is a well-written book that contains a beautiful story. I loved how the author made Evelyn a realistic character in that her vocabulary and pronunciation were appropriate for her age. As a person that works with children on a daily basis, I found the interactions between the adult and child characters to be very realistic. As I read the book, I found myself wondering if this fictional story was based on a true story, or if it was perhaps put together based on the author’s life experiences. Evelyn was easily my favorite character, as I loved the way she managed to handle her situation, despite her young age. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book and it had me smiling, laughing, and crying throughout the story.