DNF: Matrons and Madams

Matrons and Madams: a book I didn't finish. #spon | Book review by NewberyandBeyond.com

Note: I received a free galley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Summary via NetGalley.com.

Clara Durling is a British widow of the First World War who arrives in Canada as the new superintendent of the Lethbridge Hospital, just as wounded soldiers are streaming home. Lily Parsons is a young widowed schoolteacher from Nova Scotia who ends up in the same city, managing a brothel called The Last Post.

Set against the backdrop of love, union organizers, amorous bachelors, gamblers, drinkers, and prostitutes, the lives of these two women unexpectedly intertwine when Clara, in the heat of local politics and responding to the highest incidence of venereal disease in the province, establishes, with Lily’s help, the first venereal disease clinic in the province. In this sprawling saga, Lily and Clara must confront the conservative thinkers in the city to give help and compassion to the wounded veterans.

Why I picked it up: I mean, doesn’t this sound fascinating?  The aftermath of World War One, along with a brothel?  I was hooked by the description.

Why I didn’t finish it: Frankly, I just got bored.  There was nothing wrong with the book itself, it just wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be.  It was very slow moving, and at the time I was working my way through a huge stack of books (physical and digital), and I had plenty of more attention-grabbing books to turn to.  That doesn’t make for a very interesting review, but I wasn’t interested by the book, so there you go.  Oh well.

What was the last book you didn’t finish and why?

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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