I received this book for free from in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup by Elisabeth Amaral
Published by iUniverse on October 25th 2014
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This is a coming-of-age story about an adventurous young couple that embarks on an improbable journey of self-discovery. Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup follows them as they move with their infant son from New York City to Boston in 1967 during an exciting and rebellious time when social mores are changing rapidly. They start a children’s boutique that is well ahead of its time, and a popular restaurant in Harvard Square.
It is a voyage that leads the author through a crisis of self-esteem that causes her to make perilous choices.
Told with sincerity and humor, this personal and revealing story reaches out to those who find themselves striving to make a relationship work that by its nature is often doomed. It is also about friendship, and finding the courage to move on.
I received this book as part of an upcoming blog tour.
I was super excited to read it – I love the 60’s/70’s and I thought it’d be fun to read about a women who lived fairly local to me, and her experiences. I thought she’d be right there in the thick of things, campaigning maybe or fighting the good fight or protesting the war.
Well, Elizabeth didn’t do any of those things, but it was still an enjoyable book.
She met a guy, got pregnant, got married, had a baby, moved to Boston, opened up a children’s clothing boutique store and owned a successful restaurant. She didn’t get caught up in politics, but she lived through the era.
There were a few times when I wanted to Gibb’s slap Elisabeth across the back of the head for some of the stupid stuff she did (like not having any food for her own wedding guests and smoking pot with her young son in the house), but you couldn’t help cheering for her throughout her life.
The book definitely didn’t go where I hoped it would, but it was nice to read about a decade in our history from the point of view of an average woman.