The Daughters of Jim Farrell is the second book I have read by the very talented pen of Sylvia Bambola. The Salt Covenants was such a mesmerizing story and I went into this one with high hopes. It certainly did not disappoint, but oh my poor heart! This tale is about three sisters whose father, Jim Farrell, was at one time an upstanding and important citizen. As we meet the girls in the very first chapter, they are all three still dealing with the aftermath of their father being convicted and hanged for a murder of another townsman. Kate, the eldest does not believe her father was guilty and seeks to hire a Pinkerton agent to clear her family’s name with the help of her sisters. Her mother on the other hand, believes the truth will come out eventually.
At one time a family of society, they have now turned their home into a boarding house to make ends meet. We are treated to all of the sisters’ points of view and they are so very different from each other. Kate the eldest is headstrong, ruled by her emotions, and carrying around a lot of bitterness. Virginia is in the middle and she is all for women’s rights and her dream is to own a newspaper. Charlotte the youngest is very fragile and just wants to get married to her fiancé soon so that she may have the life she once had. All three mature as the story progresses and as they meet the men they will eventually fall in love with. We have three beautiful love stories taking place against the backdrop of a coal mining town in Pennsylvania, and the historical detail was very rich. Not a pretty life to live. The story started out a little bit slow, but by the time I got to around page 60 I could not put this book down. However, read with some tissues handy. That is all I will say about that.
My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. All opinions are my own.