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    Heart-felt, Empowering and Earnest

    Emily Heebner's "Seneca Lake" is a well-written, simple and earnest historical fiction book. Set in 1944 rural Finger Lakes, this book unfolds through the narrative of Meg, a high school senior . One would assume that the olden days were simpler times but when human emotions are involved, it is not so simple. Her character growth is remarkable as she reflects on her own family dynamic, her feelings for Arthur, a Seneca Indian farm worker and observes how society at the time treated him. This makes her question the element of prejudice and judgement that plagued society. I really appreciate Meg having such strong aspirations of pursuing her education at Cornell University and the book slowly evolves to reach the point of her decision whether to leave the familiar surrounding of Valois or venture into the unknown. It is a gratifying read with a strong message of believing in yourself and sticking to your own convictions even if it means going against the flow. I found the ending very symbolic though I did not see it coming. A 4.5 star educational and heart-felt read. A thank you to VoraciousReadersOnly for giving me a free review copy via the author.
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    Historical Fiction meets Coming of Age story

    This was my first book by the author. She did a fabulous job bringing to life WWII-era upstate New York. I enjoyed the story through the eyes of young Meg, who is on the cusp of graduating school, entering college, and delving into womanhood. This story is a blend of historical fiction meets YA meets Women's Fiction. We experience heartache and growth through Meg's journey of breaking free from a dysfunctional family, exploring young love, managing her personal life, and really just surviving during a questionable time. Can she experience life to its fullest? Ms. Heebner explores discrimination, bullying, mental illness, depression and the ravages of war. I'm a sucker for scenery and she does a great job painting the picture of this quiet area of New York. The characters are well-developed and your heart aches for them. A great read -- I highly recommend it!
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