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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review - A Way Back by Linda LaRoque

Title: A Way Back

Author: Linda LaRoque

Publisher: Champagne Publishing

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Val


Amber Mathis, a Wall Street investment banker, returns to her office after burying her mother. Distraught, tired of the rat race, she's determined to make a career change. In the elevator she falls and rises to find herself in a vintage lift. The date is February 25, 1930, and a man stands on the window ledge ready to jump.

Wellman Hathaway, owner and CEO of Hathaway Bank in New York struggles to pay his depositors half their losses. A woman claiming to be from 2011 appears in his office and involves him in a scheme that forces them into marriage. With Amber's knowledge of the financial history of the 1930s, they travel to the oil fields of Texas to recoup Wellman's funds.

Two people from different centuries are thrown together to survive a difficult time. Will they find more than A Way Back to prosperity?


Amber Mathis is from 2011 and as a woman of the 21st century, she is an independent female. When she's exits an elevator and ends up in the 1930's we find out just how much of a spitfire she is. Wellman Hathaway is a man on the verge of desperation. He's lost just about everything and ponders a way out during the Great Depression. He is a man who tries to take advantage of circumstance but ends up with more than he bargained. I enjoyed watching Wellman's character grow as the story developed and the way he related to Amber. The first time they met had me laughing and thinking "Now, that is one way to introduce yourself".

I thought it was fascinating that Amber took her knowledge of the Great Depression and used it for Wellman's benefit. This is an excellent book to read that makes you realize just how much has changed since the 1930's. Women were not yet in positions of leadership and the way this story focused on that was outstanding. Filled with facts, I walked away from this book learning a few things which I always feel is an added bonus.

Having read some of Ms. LaRoque's work before, I knew I would be in for a treat. Each book is like a breath of fresh air and another opportunity to get lost in another world. I'm not a fan of history but this book made learning about the 1930's so much fun. It's evident that Ms. LoRoque has done her homework on A Way Back and because of that, I was totally immersed in the time period. Ms. LaRoque paid excellent attention to detail and her writing style is polished and easy to follow. Whether it be the engaging plot line, compelling characters or talented author, I highly recommend you read this book.


  1. What a wonderful review. A Way Back sounds amazing. Thanks

  2. Great review - I'm looking forward to reading A Way Back very soon.

  3. Thank you for this wonderful review, Val. I'm so glad you enjoyed the historical facts. The research was loads of fun.

  4. I'm in complete agreement! Everyone should read this book. It's a keeper.


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