Dinner With Lisa by R. L. Prendergast

Title: Dinner With Lisa

Author: R. L. Prendergast
Publisher: Dekko Publishing
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: November 1st 2011
Overall: 4.5/5 
Source:  From Publisher For Review
In the disastrous economic times of the 1930s, Joseph Gaston, a young widower with four children, arrives in the small town of Philibuster seeking security for his family. Instead, he faces barriers everywhere. He does his best despite great adversity, but the strain of feeding and protecting his family whittles away his strength. Finally, destitution forces him to consider giving up his children in order to save them. Enraged by his situation, he attempts one last desperate act—on the night he learns about the mysterious Lisa.

Heart wrenching, humorous and historically authentic, Dinner with Lisa incorporates the crucial issues of the depression: poverty, unemployment, drought and racism. In the midst of love and loyalty, trickery and despair, the ultimate message of the novel is one of hope and the courage to survive even the worst odds.

 My Review:
The story is set in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Joseph Gaston is just one among the many who are affected during this difficult time. After having lost his wife during childbirth a few months ago, he is left as a single parent to care for and raise their four children. His brother Henri reaches out to Joseph, informing him of an opportunity to obtain a job and a new start in Philibuster, Alberta. Will everything go as planned when Joseph and his family arrive at their destination?
R. L. Prendergast takes you on an emotional journey through the eyes of Joseph Gaston, a man who seeks hope during such great times of despair. The author brilliantly paints a vivid image of the character’s surroundings as well as their inner thoughts. Another favorite aspect within Dinner With Lisa is the wonderful character building. Readers will definitely feel pulled into this story, feeling what the characters feel, and wish that there is a light at the end of the tunnel of all the misery they face.
The historical elements regarding the Great Depression was the foundation for this wonderful story, and I appreciate the way R. L. Prendergast accurately detailed the events for readers to understand the full picture, as well as the tremendous impact this had on the characters involved in Dinner With Lisa. I recommend Dinner With Lisa to those who enjoy Historical Fiction and emotional reads.
Fabulous Read, Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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