Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Don’t Put the Boats Away” by Ames Sheldon, She Writes Press, August 2019
Ames Sheldon, Author of “Don’t Put the Boats Away” has written an intriguing and memorable story. The Genres for this story are Fiction and Domestic Fiction. The timeline for this story is after World War Two and spans for twenty-five years. The author goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes the characters as complex, complicated, flawed and dysfunctional.
The Sutton family is mourning the loss of son and brother Eddie, after World War Two. I appreciate that the author discusses the tragedies of war, and how this affects the individuals that survive. A current theme that seems to run through this story is the inequality of men and women when it comes to higher learning, employment, and positions of importance. Another theme that is evident in this novel is both loss, forgiveness, and self-worth.
In about a span of twenty-five years, the author writes about the members of the Sutton family, their achievements, frustrations, loss, and recovery. There are some twists and turns, secrets, heartaches, and memorable family get-togethers. I love the way the author uses music throughout the story.
I also applaud the author for discussing the problems of PSTD, alcoholism, depression, and the importance of getting help. I would recommend this thought-provoking novel.