Today Eliza Starts a Rumor, the new novel from Jane L. Rosen is published.
When I was offered to review this book I thought ‘Ooh I like the sound of that‘ but when I started reading it I quickly decided it wasn’t quite for me, believing it was too cliché, too predictable etc etc. But I carried on regardless – and you know what – it’s just as well I did because I soon found myself investing in the characters and wanting to just get lost in the story.
Yes, I still believe Eliza Starts a Rumor is predictable – but sometimes predictability is just what is needed and an absolute tonic. For me, this is what this gentle book gave me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And lets face it, I think we’re all craving a good bit of predictability at the moment. 🙂
I could have easily (and very wrongly) pigeon-holed this novel. However as well as being endearingly predictable, it also sensitively explores the #MeToo movement, sexual abuse and the devastating legacy of that abuse.
The plot focuses around Eliza, the founder and moderator of the Hudson Valley Ladies Bulletin Board. This is an online forum that has been running for 15 years. Through her hard work and dedication Eliza has created an online community of young mothers to share their experience, anxieties and fears. She is very proud of what she has achieved. However Eliza discovers she has serious competition – ‘Valley Girls that’s more relevant‘ for the young mothers of today.
Feeling threatened and insecure Eliza makes up a scandalous rumour that she posts on the Hudson Valley Ladies Bulletin Board. Crikey – Eliza’s rumour definitely spices up her online forum; but her devilish lie is viewed more than just harmless gossip by some and has the power to change lives for ever.
For me Eliza Starts a Rumor is a heartwarming novel with a sprinkling of wit and romance (I’m always a sucker for a good romantic story). But at its core is the #MeToo movement as well as the enduring power of female friendship and emotional strength.
So if you’re looking for a summer read to enjoy and get lost in I recommend you read Eliza Starts a Rumor.
Thank you to Stephanie Felty from Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for my advance copy in return for my honest review.
Happy reading everyone! 🙂