When strangers, white Mary Kenny and “colored” Leeta Bulow, run out of bus ticket money in a small Texas town and are threatened by the bigoted sheriff with ties to the Klu Klux Klan, they are rescued by elderly spinster sisters, Clara and Justine Hesterwine, and taken to the sisters’ once opulent old mansion.
Mary and Leeta soon discover that they are not the only ones plagued by troubles; Clara and Justine have an abundance of them, the least of which is “the windmill sitter,” their crazy widowed cousin, Etta Ruth Morley.

Moreover, the sisters might lose their ancestral home to a calculating banker with an eye for their property and whose son-in-law, the sheriff, helps him block every effort made by Mary, Leeta, and friends from town to earn money to pay the elderly sisters’ mortgage.

As Mary and Leeta’s lives find new meaning in Hesterwine, a fifty-year-old rift between Clara and Justine is always just beneath the surface: “A love triangle between one man and two women is always a bad situation, but a love triangle between one man and two sisters is disastrous, isn’t it, girls,” taunts their annoying pixilated cousin, Etta Ruth.

All parties involved (as well as the reader) are in for a shock when the half-century feud between Clara and Justine comes to an unpredicted halt. 

Hesterwine, Texas, 1943 is a novel I was destined to love because it is set in the 1940’s, a decade I am fascinated by and love to read about thanks to all that occurred during this time. The 1940’s/50’s was a pivotal moment in America’s history and so any novel that is set in these decades has already won my heart! Hesterwine, Texas, 1943 is a poignant novel that will take its readers on a sprawling journey that is full of many ups but also just as many downs. As I read Hesterwine, Texas, 1943  I found myself instantly captivated thanks to the incredible plot, fast-paced narrative and the remarkable characters that are featured who all have been wonderfully characterized by the exceptional author, Dot Ryan.

Hesterwine, Texas, 1943 is a novel set in 1943 and explores the divide between different ethnicities in a small Texan town. Mary Kenny, a white girl, and Leeta Bulow, a coloured girl are the two protagonists of this novel, and although these two are from very different backgrounds, they share the same experiences and when they both run out of money and have to get off the bus, they get talking and realize that they get along perfectly. However not long into their meeting they endure abuse, most of it racial abuse because the Sherriff verbally assaults them and this scene was hard-hitting to read thanks to the awful profanity but the literature, although tough shows readers what some people were really like so that makes this part poignant reading.

Mary and Leeta will soon meet Clara and Justine, and this pair of sisters also have an abundance of problems and together will all embark on a journey that is shocking, entertaining and definitely compelling and this book lovers is the premise of the incredible Hesterwine, Texas, 1943.

Hesterwine, Texas, 1943 is a stunning piece of literature that enthralled, entertained and enchanted me from the very first page! Everything about this historical piece of fiction was captivating; the protagonists, as well as the accurate portrayal of the 1940 ’s the reader, gets to experience throughout the protagonist journeys was incredible and this is all thanks to Dot Ryan’s phenomenal liteatyre that made me fall madly in love with this book. Hesterwine, Texas, 1943  is a piece of fiction that will captivate readers from all genres thanks to the many themes that are interwoven between the pages. This book can only be described as a read that should not be missed! If you are looking to read a book that will grasp your attention from the first page and hold it throughout then already I would implore you lovely readers to read this book because it is utterly brilliant!

The excellent author of this book, Dot Ryan effortlessly takes the reader on a sparwling journey; Ryan’s words managed to keep me intrigued as well as entertained as I raced through this book. It is the kind of book that is impossible to put down, and when I had to I longed for it! I wanted to be reunited with the story I had grown to love and the stories I had become invested in.

Overall Hesterwine, Texas, 1943  is a sensational book courtesy of Dot Ryan so, I, of course, have to award this stellar read five stars! So please, have a read of the preview below book lovers, you will not regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Hesterwine, Texas, 1943. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

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P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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