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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
Maryvonne Fent’s The 35₵ Dowry highlights the difficult childhood of Minouche, a young French girl whose early life was shrouded in violence, abuse, poverty and undying love for her mother. Minouche dreams of travel, education, and love, which all seemed just slightly out of reach until she meets Stefan at a party. He is a stateless Polish refugee who has plans of pursuing his philosophy degree in India. Despite the dread of separation hanging over them, the two fall deeply in love. It is a love that is challenged after Stefan leaves Paris for India and Minouche is left behind. Now she is desperate to find ways to earn enough money to follow him and be with him forever. She knows in her heart they are meant for each other after she wished upon a shooting star one evening in France. In the meantime, she struggles with school, jobs, and life without Stefan. In the background are an ever-present dark cloud and the threat that her mother’s husband will find them and kill them.
The 35₵ Dowry by Maryvonne Fent is a heartwarming book that sheds light on the raw struggles of a young woman, Minouche, living on the edge of poverty in 1950s Paris. Minouche has dreams, plans and an unyielding strength and courage that the author clearly highlights as the story progresses. Minouche is fearless. Once she meets Stefan, her life is forever changed. She is willing to travel to the ends of the world to be with him. Her journey to finally be with Stefan is amazing, highlighting many cultural differences. When she arrives in India, Minouche’s courage is finally shaken. How will she respond to Stefan’s surprise plans? I found The 35₵ Dowry captivating, spellbinding and a beautifully romantic love story. Fent writes a lovely story that embraces the reader and draws them in. This book was difficult to put down. If I wasn’t reading the story, I was thinking about it. Maryvonne Fent, you are a solid, creative author, and I look forward to reading more of your work.