Reader Reviews


A Fitting Place“The book is beautifully written and keeps you in it the edge-of-the-seat suspense.  In other words, it is up there with the best of literary works, but is also entertaining. I don’t know what more you could ask for in a novel.”    ≈ Boyd Lemon, St. Mary’s Georgia

I found this thought-provoking book hard to put down. The characters are beautifully drawn and the story is gripping. Don’t miss it.     ≈ Joan Z Rough, Charlottesville, VA

“… the characters were well-rounded and believable – flawed, but sympathetic – and I hoped Gottschalk might focus her next novel on another character. Two thumbs up!”     ≈ Kristen Galles, Twin Cities, MN

“Provocative and Edgy.”    ≈ Jo Kline Cebuhar, Des Moines, IA.

“With masterful character development, dramatic tension and clarity, Mary weaves a multi-layered narrative that addresses a wide range of issues–divorce, single parenting, same sex relationships, rebound relationships, societal pressure and norms, the bonds of female friendships. Her writing is engaging and evocative.      ≈ Kathleen Pooler, Amsterdam New York

“Brilliant treatment of a touchy topic … Gottschalk’s decision to set these epiphanies within the context of same-sex love was brilliant. Lindsey’s growing awareness that she was repeating patterns with Joan that pervaded her relationship with Ted would not have been as poignant if Joan had been John.”    ≈ Sharon Lippincott, Pittsburgh, PA.

“The main character’s rebound romance gives Gottschalk a platform to explore sexual fluidity and how circumstances can lead a person to a relationship they’d never considered possible—and in the process arrive at a deeper, better understanding of herself.”    ≈ Carol Bodensteiner, Des Moines, IA.

Gottschalk is “just as meticulous in her prose in this book as she was in her memoir Sailing Down the Moonbeam.    ≈ Patricia Zick, Pittsburgh, PA