About Gloria Taylor Weinberg: Gloria Taylor Weinberg is a fourth-generation Floridian who retired from the Fort Pierce Tribune after 22 years as a journalist. She received numerous awards from the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for her columns, features and explanatory reports, including the 2000 Gold Medal for Public Service. Weinberg also paints, especially the flora and fauna of her native state. She lives with her husband, Mark, and Dudley, their spoiled cocker spaniel, in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her debut novel, “A Homicide in Hooker’s Point,” earned a 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association.
Review by Susan Keefe
In our laid back society today where the previous strict victorian rules are no longer adhered to and pregnancy outside marriage is nolonger frowned upon, it is easy to forget that in the 1950’s and indeed later those rules were still obeyed.
This is the tale of a young girl called Viki who becomes pregnant back in 1959, her parents send her away, to avoid the neighbours knowing and the shame they would all have to endure. So, she is taken to have her child in a home for unmarried mothers. Her parents are unaware of the conditions she has to endure and are not encouraged to contact or visit her. However Viki makes friends with the many girls and women and shares their life experiences.
When her baby is finally born, her natural instincts kick in, however, its fate has already been decided and how she copes and what happens next is heartrendering. Spanning generations we follow her life, career and untimately her discoveries.
This beautifully written emotional book is a real eyeopener for those of us fortunate enough not to have been through the experience and I found it compelling reading.