Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara is a novel that captivated me from beginning to end. I adore those books that draw you in from the first page and you feel that immediate connection with the people and the story. Taking place in the 1930’s this novel finds Desdemona, an artist, trapped in a marriage in a small town but desiring so much more.
Dez grew up in Cascade, Massachusetts but went away to study art in Paris and longs for an art career in New York. She was forced to come home when her father fell ill and bankrupt to care for him. Her art is what keeps her going and later with her father gone she feels trapped by the seemingly humdrum life in a small town. She yearns for more and finds it somewhat in the form of Jacob, a Jewish painter with who she has much in common. They share their passion for art but in small towns it doesn’t take much for scandal to erupt.
As for Dez’s husband Asa, he is a good man but his dreams for the future are very different from hers. All he wants is a good wife who keeps a clean home and lots of babies and in truth he doesn’t really appreciate his wife’s art as he should. All this drives a bigger and bigger wedge between them. When Dez starts to draw postcards and they are published in a big New York paper she realizes there is more for her and when she’s offered a job at the paper she knows she can’t turn it down or her spirit will be forever killed.
In the backdrop of all the marital strife is Massachusetts making a decision on whether to flood Cascade in order to build a reservoir for Boston. The town is in utter turmoil over this but Dez sees it as an opportunity to move somewhere bigger and better where she can pursue her art. The only thing worth saving to her in Cascade is her father’s theatre, the Cascade Shakespeare Theatre, and she will do anything to make that happen. As more scandal hits Cascade things hit a turning point for Dez and she has to make some big decisions on what she truly wants for her future.
Cascade is a beautifully written story set in the Depression era of star crossed lovers, desires, ambition, and betrayals. I was instantly transported back in time in this novel and I loved every minute! This is the debut novel of Maryanne O’Hara and she is definitely an author to watch after penning this fantastic book! I was lucky enough to grab the audio version from my library and the narrator Madeleine Lambert made it all the better for me!
Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara is on tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours so be sure to check out the other tour stops. You can learn more about Maryanne on her website and you can buy your own copy of Cascade at Amazon and Amazon Canada.
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Source: Review copy provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Publisher. Audiobook from library. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.