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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Clara’s Way is a work of fiction in the historical, romantic, and personal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Roberta R. Carr. Set in 1904, our protagonist is Clara Tyler, who goes along quite happily in her work as a nurse in Ohio. But when her sick brother begs her to come and collect him from his work site on the Panama Canal, Clara must pluck up her courage and venture out into the unknown. What follows is a tale of new discoveries, new identities, and romance set against the backdrop of a less well-known but impressive part of world history.
Author Roberta R. Carr delivers many excellent qualities within this rich work of historical fiction, engrossing us in an emotive tale but also exposing and educating on lesser-known facets of historical importance at the same time. The commitment to a sense of period is clear even from the first few pages, grounding us in the early twentieth century with all its strictures on women and how they ought to live. This makes Clara an even more inspiring and relatable heroine as she takes on the big wide world alone, and her journey and exploration is one that warms the heart through Carr’s close narrative and expressive language usage. I also found the dialogue to be utterly charming, characterizing different figures and stirring up lots of emotions. Overall, I would highly recommend Clara’s Way to fans of immersive historical fiction that is well researched and exceedingly well penned.