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Review-"The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper"

"The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper" by Kathleen Y'Barbo
WaterBrook Multnomah Press, A Division of Random House
344 pages

Eugenia Cooper, or "Gennie" as she is called, lives a lush life in 1880's New York City. Her future life has already been determined by her wealthy family, but she covets an exciting western adventure like her paper back novel heroine. Gennie is handed a golden opportunity to fulfill this wish and she is off, off on an adventure unlike her pampered New York City life. Gennie being young and naive, meets her match in her future endeavor the be a governess and to break away from her traditional role.
The book is a simple story of a young girl wanting something opposite of her station in life.
The book is entertaining, enjoyable, it is light reading.
I enjoyed having another story within the main story of Gennie, there are short stories at the beginning of each chapter of the other story.
Gennie's character is naive and spoiled, yet her character develops in this exciting new life.
The character of the young girl Gennie is governess of, I would like to have seen more development in her story because she is a strong character. There are others in the novel that I would have also liked to have "known" more about.
The book is strong on doing the right thing, in being faithful, and for this I give it high marks.

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