Cascade, by Maryanne O'Hara + Giveaway

Cascade, by Maryanne O’Hara + Giveaway

Title: Cascade
Author: Maryanne O’Hara
Pages: 384
Originally Published: 2012
Format I Read: Kindle (via Netgalley)
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: [rating:4]


I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Cascade. Cascade was originally published last year, and it’s now out in paperback! The blurb:

It’s 1935, and Desdemona Hart Spaulding has sacrificed her plans to work as an artist in New York to care for her bankrupt, ailing father in Cascade, Massachusetts. When he dies, Dez finds herself caught in a marriage of convenience, bound to the promise she made to save her father’s Shakespeare Theater, even as her town may be flooded to create a reservoir for Boston. When she falls for artist Jacob Solomon, she sees a chance to escape and realize her New York ambitions, but is it morally possible to set herself free?

I was definitely drawn into this book. I loved the conceit of the woman who had married for convenience, who wanted to be an artist, set against the economic troubles of the 1930s and a town in danger of submersion. The intrigue of the plot kept me turning pages. I was interested in the town, but I was particularly interested in Dez’s story. I wanted to see if she would or could actually do something about her unhappiness. But while I was interested in her story, I didn’t quite feel invested in it. Maybe it was due to the fact that I didn’t find her very likable – she does some rather despicable things. I did appreciate that she wasn’t all bad or all good and that her actions generally had realistic consequences. The prominent theme of Cascade was probably my favorite part – that to a large extent we cannot control life, and we certainly cannot control what happens after we are gone.

Cascade pulled me into its story and made me think. For those two reasons, I recommend it. Oh, and it gets bonus points for making me want to go and read Shakespeare.

Cascade, by Maryanne O’Hara [rating:4]

I have one paperback copy of Cascade to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses and will remain open through Monday, May 20, 2013.
And the winner is comment number four, Elisabeth!

You can find Maryanne O’Hara on her website and on her blog.

Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours, Penguin, and Netgalley for sending me a review copy of Cascade.

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