Joanna Scott takes us on a virtual thrill ride through Sally Werner’s life, spanning three generations. I really enjoyed the parts of the story based on Sally, when she left her baby, and the adventures she had a long the way. Sally changed her name a few times, Sally Bliss, Sally Mole, but she never really learned her lesson about running.
Sally has another child along the way, a girl she names Penny. She inadvertently ruins Penny’s life although for spoiler reasons I cannot say why and I think that took away from Sally’s story quite a bit.
Sally’s namesake and granddaughter is telling the story of Sally’s life and life beyond Sally. The way she describes her relationship with her Grandmother reminds me a lot of my East Coast up bringing.
The story skips around a bit and although it was very well written and I didn’t get lost in the plot at anytime I had a hard time connecting. I loved the parts of the story that were about Sally herself, but drudging through the tapes from little Sarah’s Father was a bit over the top for me. I know it was relevant to the story but it dragged on quite a while.
I do recommend this book to people who like a good story, appreciate recent history, and grew up or wonders about what it’s like to grow up on the East Coast. Sally’s story is definitely worth the read.