Heart of Gold

July 19, 2017

What is it about active, mischievous girls that makes their authors want to injure them? In Heart of Gold, Ruth Alberta Brown’s third Peace Greenfield book, Peace falls off a roof.

I can’t put my finger on where Brown’s touches of realism come from, but Peace’s depression over being confined to a wheelchair feels genuine, even if she eventually regains most of her sunniness. That might be one of the best things about Peace: her happy side is pretty standard, but her crankiness isn’t, and it’s just as much a part of her.

A big chuck of the book takes place in a hospital, which I enjoyed; it has a similar feel to Polly of the Hospital Staff. But it also made the book feel a little lopsided. Brown has a habit of splitting a book between a couple of different locations in such a way that I feel confused when I look beck and try to decide what the book was about. Anyway: cheering up fellow patients! Background doctor-nurse romances! All good stuff.

It kind of sucks that this is the last Peace Greenfield book. I would happily read at least two more.


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