Cascade: A Novel by Maryanne O'Hara

Cascade: A Novel

                 Cascade: A Novel

During the 1930s, an artist and reluctant new wife struggles to reconcile her heart’s ambitions with the promises she has made

Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in New York City to rescue her father. Two months later he is dead and Dez is stuck in a marriage to reliable but child-hungry Asa Spaulding. Dez also stands to lose her father’s legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theater, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir.

Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist for whom Dez feels an immediate and strong attraction. As their relationship reaches a pivotal moment, a man is found dead and the town accuses Jacob, a Jewish outsider. But the tide turns when Dez’s idea for a series of painted postcards is picked up by The American Sunday Standard and she abruptly finds herself back on the path to independence. New York City and a life with Jacob both beckon, but what will she have to give up along the way?

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2012 by Viking Adult

  Cascade was a totally different kind of novel than I normally read. And I have to say, it was a wonderful novel. The Historicals I usually read have a paranormal element to them. Maryanne O'Hare has given me a beautiful story about Dez whose life is torn between following her heart for the life she wanted for herself, and one that will cause her to sacrifices it for her promise to her deceased father. O'Hare’s writing style is a delight, too! I was so easily pulled into Dez's life— as an artist—and the man she loved.

Dez never thought she would have to give up the life she truly wanted to live, but after the national economic failure of the 1930's, and her father death, she’s forced into one she doesn’t want. She makes her father a promise on his death bed that she will take care of her father's theater. So for her to honor her promise, she has to marry Asa, a friend who will give her finical security. After she marries Asa, she meets Jacob, who is also an artist like Dez. And when her friend Abby comes to visit her, Dez starts to long for the life she has sacrificed. Dez desires to be an artist and she also desires love from a man who’s not her husband.

Cascade is a heart-felt story of Dez reclaiming her independence to live the life as the artist she always wanted to be, but when it comes to the love some things she can never have. I recommend Cascade as a read for all women. It’s a wonderful story, showing the struggle and hardships of a earlier time where women have to sacrifice for their independence.

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