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BOOK REVIEW: THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER: A NOVEL
This story takes place in Washburn, Ohio. Agnes Scofield is a widow at the young age of 30. Her husband was killed in a car accident, which she suspects might have been a suicide. Agnes does manage to raise her four children even though the financial burden was very difficult at times.
With the start of World War II, Agnes now finds herself alone. Her children have moved out of the house. She is starting to feel unneeded. Finding herself alone one New Year's Eve, she calls her old friend, Will Dameron. The two become lovers but she really does not want to get married because she enjoys the thought of having Will as a "lover".
The war ends and the children begin to return home with families of their own. It doesn't take long to realize there is some tension and resentment on the part of Agnes. She is holding her feelings inside. What one sees on the outside is not the same as she feels on the inside. Her children now start to realize that Agnes has changed.
Will Agnes come to terms with her family? Is the mystery of her husband's death solved?
The author does an excellent job of portraying a complicated family and what is going on between all members. At the same time, she emphasizes the turmoil that Agnes is going through between what people see on the outside and what she feels on the inside. The reader will start to feel some sympathy for Agnes as she is going through this rough time in her life. This book is well written and a wonderful read!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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