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Linda Leigh Sinclair was a teenager during the 1960's. She was determined to attend the Martin Luther King march in Washington, D.C. Leigh had always dreamed of becoming a journalist and she figured this was an ideal story to write about. Mr. Pitney, her journalism teacher, said that the student who writes the best first-person account of the march would be the new editor of the school newspaper.
There was one problem. Leigh's mother, Bette, did not want Leigh to attend the march. Bette was concerned about Leigh's safety. Bette tried to get her mother, Chloe, to talk Leigh out of this trip. Bette ended up really surprised because it turned out that Chloe was also planning to attend the march.
Leigh, still determined, managed to get a ride to the march. She attended along with Frank Dawson, a young black man who was the grandson of a friend of Chloe's. As time went on, Leigh and Frank corresponded with each other while she was away at college. Her mother checked the mail one day and was very upset to find out that Leigh had been writing to Frank.
After graduation, Leigh becomes a journalist and continues to write about politics. Her writing involved stories on the Vietnam War and the riots that occurred because of segregation. Leigh falls in love but it doesn't work out. She then meets another man and gives birth to Carly. What happens when Carly turns up missing? Does Leigh harbor hidden feelings for Frank?
Lyn Cote has written a heart-warming story. In addition to a great storyline, the thing that really makes this book interesting is everything that is going on in the background such as President Kennedy's assassination, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. You will find yourself turning the pages ever so quickly because it is a fast moving book and the reader will be drawn in from the very beginning.
The women of Ivy Manor include four generations of women. The other books are Chloe and Bette. After reading this one I definitely want to go back and read the others. This book is highly recommended.