Daughters of Buxton Kindle ð Daughters of MOBI

  • Paperback
  • 268 pages
  • Daughters of Buxton
  • Kathryn Ewers Bundy
  • English
  • 12 November 2016
  • 9781475237900

4 thoughts on “Daughters of Buxton

  1. LVLMLeah LVLMLeah says:

    This book was a nice find for me I’m still on an early 20th century reading kick and downloaded this book really without reading the blurb; I just hoped it would be a decent book Daughters of Buxton turned out to be one of those books that wormed its way into my psyche and I couldn’t put it down Even when I did have to put it down for RL chores and job I couldn’t stop thinking about it and the charactersI’ll be honest I’ve written and re written the review for this book many timesI even posted one for a few days I really wanted to give this book justice since I loved it I finally decided to take down the review and rework it again Almost everything about this book affected me on some level It’s so complex and covers a lot of interesting history and issues for the time it was set in It made me think a lot about life then and these characters’ lives I struggled for a few weeks to whittle down the review to a decent amount but couldn’t After leaving it up for a few days I realized I gave away too much of the story and it’s better for everyone to experience the depth of it for themselves So I’m trying againThe first thing that grabbed me about this story was the detailed description of this world of a southern Iowa mining town and its inhabitants The language the tone attitudes and expressions all felt so true to the time period This town and characters came to life for me in such a rich and vivid way that I even felt that the author must have actually lived then and was relaying personal experiencesMost especially I was drawn to Lucinda the character that drives this story really Lucinda is an independent minded young woman for her time who balks at the idea that as a woman she’s expected to marry and have babies She wants none of it Against her parent’s wishes she goes to nursing school in Chicago where she’s exposed to a liberal society and ideas She lands a job in Buxton a newly created and fast growing mining town not too far from her home as a nurse working for the mining company to tend to the miners and their families’ medical needs She receives a better salary than most of the minors so she’s uite capable of taking care of herselfShe’s direct honest and has a clear and strong sense of right and wrong And she has no ualms about expressing herself when she feels people are not acting in an upright way or if she or someone she loves is being slighted She’s simple wears plain functional clothes and works hard She also has a strong sense of community and family even if she’s moved away from home to have her lifeVanetta was less defined for me but I did get a good feel for who she is She’s a miner’s wife and was brought from Virginia to be with her husband when the mining company decided it was better in the long run for the company if the miners could have their families with them She’s a good soft spoken woman who tends to her family and takes care of her husband who has become injured in the mine and has become an addict of pain killers and booze all without complaintAt first we only get few glimpses into Lou’s growing feelings for Vanetta As she goes about her days tending to the sick in their homes Lou starts finding excuses to visit Vanetta knowing she’s having a hard time She helped deliver Vanetta’s baby and has bonded with her She doesn’t muse about her in a sexual or romantic way; she just knows she has a strong desire to be around herAs for Vanetta she mentions that she appreciates Lou helping her being there during her difficult times and that she enjoys Lou’s company Lou is very protective of Vanetta and sort of takes care of her in her own way which Vanetta responds positively toWhat I liked about this relationship beginning was that it didn’t build in the way of a typical romance but still conveyed a deep mutual blossoming of love for each other to the point that I couldn’t wait for them to get together There were no sexual or flirty side glances or overt expressions no their growing attraction for each other happens in a very subtle and natural way without any uestions about what they feel for each other being outside of what would be acceptable And it always stays on a proper level on the surface and to some degree in how they act with each other meaning there’s never any assumption of anything than a close friendship filled with respect for each otherAlso I’d like to interject that I found it refreshing that when Lou reflects on or tells Vanetta how beautiful she is it’s never with the usual adjectives used often in books with interracial couples She never describes her in terms of her skin color nor does she fetishize her She’s simply beautiful periodWhen they finally acknowledge that what’s going on is than just a friendship they easily slip into it without any angst or discussion that they shouldn’t feel or act upon what they feel I liked that they seem to be innocently in love and in their own little world for the first years together conspiratorially oblivious to any social stigma around their loveOf course things don’t stay innocent for them They are a lesbian and interracial couple living in the era of Jim Crow laws Even though this little racially diverse town and close by towns in Iowa at the time didn’t suffer the extent of racism the south did it still wasn’t a cozy love fest between races eitherBoth women and their kids try to find their place in society as a couple a family and as individuals Of course this leads to many conflicts with some locals and family especially in the case of Lou whose family lives close enough to hear the gossip Both racism and homophobia get eual time in any negativity coming their way however the really nasty stuff is about them being lesbians I felt the author neither skirted the realities of racism or homophobia nor did she use them gratuitously to manipulate emotions They are dealt with honestly and realistically However I will say that it was satisfying that issues along the way got resolved in positive and I felt believable waysWhile this story includes the everyday issues these women face this is ultimately about a lifelong love story The glue that holds Lou and Vanetta together through all the years is their undying love for each other and this comes through so strongly throughout the book They support each other they express their love often in so many ways and although not a romance per se this is an endearing sweet love storyAll in all this was this was an excellent read and one that I won’t forget for a long while I still can’t get these characters and the setting out of my headHeat level 0 1 Not erotically written on any level but clear intimations about their sex life are expressed

  2. Shaunette Shaunette says:

    I took up reading this book because I was only aware of Buxton Guyana and I was curious as to what Buxton Iowa was like for Black people Prior to reading this book I was not aware of situations where White and Black people lived and worked together on such a grand scale without hate So of course I was a bit apprehensive Throughout the book I kept holding my breath waiting for a lynching or an angry mob But this in book there seemed to be only space for love and caring for neighbours Of course they are characters who spewed hate but I didn't know of a community of Black and White people during that time which wasn't segregated So the historical aspect made this refreshing I really like that I almost felt the sparks between Vanetta and Lucinda because I didn't expect them to be anything other than friends Especially since Vanetta was married and in a seemingly loving relationship My thoughts are really still all over about this one I shall update this soon

  3. D. Leigh D. Leigh says:

    Historic novels aren't usually the first thing I pick up to read but good story is a good story Daughters of Buxton is a great story It isn't the first of Ms Bundy's books I've read I enjoyed The Overlanders even though I felt the pacing was a little slow or perhaps my attention span a little lacking But I really enjoyed Daughters of Buxton As all writers hope to do Ms Bundy has honed her writing with each of her books and Buxton sure shows it The characters are well developed the flow and pacing of the story never sags and the history lesson is uniue and really very interesting

  4. LaToya Hankins LaToya Hankins says:

    I am in awe of the talent and dedication the author brought to the story Her rich details made me feel like I was walking along the characters as they lived and loved in an Iowa at the turn of the century I really enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded and how the characters grew The book takes the reader down into the danger of coal mines out to the ball games with the excitement of summer baseball and around the dinner tables of family created and inherited There is tragedy love and loss in the book so the reader need to be prepared Still I came away from the book with a sense of history and an appreciation to the author's intention to detail

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Daughters of Buxton❮BOOKS❯ ⚣ Daughters of Buxton Author Kathryn Ewers Bundy – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk “The Black Utopia” is what it was dubbed in the papersBuxton Iowa was a coal mining town in 1902 Built by a visionary businessman it was home to black white immigrant and native families Peace and “The Black Utopia” is what it was dubbed in the papersBuxton Iowa was a coal mining town in Built by a visionary businessman it was home to black white immigrant and native families Peace and cooperation reignedInto this unusual mix came Lucinda Vanderberg German immigrant daughter of the new century She was independent self Daughters of MOBI :Ê sufficient and full of ambition The last thing she needed was loveSoft spoken Vanetta Washington born to the sons of slavery was plucked from the Virginia hills to make a home for her husband and children in the cold Midwestern mine countryTo Lou and Netta it seemed inevitable They were drawn together by adversity and likeness of mind and together they made a family But not everyone in Buxton thought they should.

About the Author: Kathryn Ewers Bundy

Kathryn Ewers Bundy combines love of history and a fascination with the stories of women's lives in her novels After years of teaching working in museums and historic sites and running her own business Ms Bundy has settled into a happy retirement of writing and publishing No fan of the simple romance she tells these Daughters of MOBI :Ê tales with an eye for authenticity and an ear for dialogue There is no sho.