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Stormi's Review: Boardinghouse Stew by E.E. Smith

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Publisher: Phoenix International, Inc

Released: April 4, 2012

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Length: 200 pages

Format: ebook, Hardcover

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In June of 1943, due to an acute labor shortage caused by the evacuation of all Japanese from the area, as well as many domestic workers preferring war work to house work, Mrs. Mumson is forced to hire a young schoolgirl named Eileen as a maid and cook for the summer. Through one crisis after another—some more comic than tragic—the people who live in the house manage to pull together and become a kind of family. In the center of it all is Eileen, narrating their stories which she is able to observe from her unique vantage point behind the swinging kitchen door that never quite closes on its rusty hinges.

Five Boundless Stars

Eileen is sent to work in the summer of 1943, when Japanese camps leave a shortage of workers. She becomes the maid to Mrs. Mumson at her boardinghouse. She finds herself in the midst of an eclectic group of people and when times get tough they prove to be family. This book is based on true history and was a great read. At times it was funny, at others sad. This is not the first book by E.E. Smith that I have read. Each book that I read helps me respect the past, and the war, a little more. Throughout the book you see pictures that help put a face to the people and the times. Times were tough, but through the ashes people built, people lived, and people persevered. This book was a great look into a hard time in history. I love the characters and the writing. Great book all around.

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