I read “Love’s Sweet Beginning” by Ann Shorey, for the Revell Reads program. I was sent a free print copy of this book for my review. The thoughts about this novel are my own.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was interesting because of the fact in prominently wealthy households women were treated as pretty things to be coddled and waited upon by servants. The mothers were treated as such and consequently the daughters of the house were raised to party and look pretty in order to snare a husband. In turn, that family would continue the tradition. Some women never washed a dish, or did laundry, or cleaned, or looked after a garden, or “put up” produce. When the time came that this practice could no longer be sustained as happened after the Civil War in the south, women could not provide for themselves. This is the story of a mother and daughter caught in this predicament. How the daughter managed to provide for herself and her mother is the gist of this story. It was very enlightening, and even though it is a work of fiction, I’m sure this was the lot of many women in the south.