Review of Thompson Road by Scott Wyatt

Thompson Road by Scott Wyatt

Mona is “feebleminded”.  That’s what everyone keeps saying, so it must be true.  School
is so hard for her.  Her aunt and uncle have taken her in because her mother is too sick to
take care of her.  Mona’s aunt is very strict with her and won’t let her have friends or do
anything “regular” kids get to do.

Raleigh saves Mona’s kittens from a barn fire when the two of them were very young. 
He never forgot how sweet Mona was, even though she was different from any other girl
he knew.  When they were teenagers, Raleigh saw Mona dancing in her window one
night as he was walking by and he got it in his head that he would ask Mona to be his
dance partner in an upcoming contest, but how to get around her very controlling aunt so
they could practice?

Their lives went separate ways when Raleigh went off to be a soldier in World War II,
even though they kept in touch for a short time in the beginning of his tour.  Something
happened to keep them apart for years, but will love prevail and will they find each other

This was a very true to the period book.  The writer captured the angst of the times, and
had me screaming silently for the injustices that Mona went through because she wasn’t
deemed fit to be a member of society.  Their story was well written, well thought out, and
very entertaining, even the parts that made me want to scream at some of the characters. 
It’s well worth the read.

5 stars

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