Welcome to my stop on the Lies in White Dresses blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
I had heard of the term “the Reno Cure,” but I had no idea what it really was.
In the 1940s and 50s, women sought refuge in Nevada while awaiting a fast divorce.
Francie and Vi fell for the whole fairy tale. If you married, it was a happily ever after situation. They are best friends, on a train together to Reno, sad about the fates of their marriages.
While aboard, they meet June, with her daughter in tow, who is fleeing an abusive husband. A divorce takes six weeks in Nevada, and the three agree to wait it out together.
Something shocking happens, and it it makes the friends question everything they thought they knew.
Lies in White Dresses is a beautiful story of friendship and women coming together to face any hardship. Sofia Grant brings in all the atmosphere of this place and time.
Overall, Lies in White Dresses is a snapshot in time, one in which women had fewer rights. This is a touch heavier on the romance than the history, and all in all, it was a heartfelt read about friendship and women’s strength.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
â€¢ Paperback:Â 384 pages
â€¢ Publisher:Â William Morrow Paperbacks (September 17, 2019)
Award winning author Sofia Grant weaves an entrancing tale of female friendship and new beginnings inspired by the true stories of those who â€œtook the Reno cureâ€.Â In the 1940s and 50s, women who needed a fast divorce went to Nevada to live on a ranch with other women in the same boat.
â€œSofia Grant entices us into following three women seeking the Reno Cure, as they overcome their disillusionment over the lives they expected to have and summon the bravery to embrace new and unexpected paths.â€Â –Marie Benedict,Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ The Only Woman in the Room
Francie Meeker and Vi Carothers were sold a bill of goods: find a man, marry him in a white wedding gown, and live happily ever after. These best friends never expected to be on the train to Reno, those â€œlies in white dressesâ€ shattered, their marriages over.
On board the train they meet June Samples, who is fleeing an abusive husband with her daughter, and take the vulnerable young mother under their wing.Â The three decide to wait out the required six weeks together, and then they can toss their wedding bands into the Truckee River and start new lives as divorcees.
But as they settle in at the ranch, one shocking moment will change their lives forever. As it brings their deceptions and fears into focus, it will also demand a reckoning with the past, and the choices that a person in love can be driven to make.
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About Sofia Grant
Sofia Grant has the heart of a homemaker, the curiosity of a cat, and the keen eye of a scout. She works from an urban aerie in Oakland, California.