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August 20, 2018

Rush by Lisa Patton ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

Setting - Alpha Delta Beta sorority at Ole Miss University in Oxford, Mississippi.
438 sorority sisters - 437 white and one black

Miss Pearl is a black domestic worker at the sorority house but more importantly, she is the heart of the house - the girls rely on her for advice and for motherly love. When Miss Pearl is faced with blatant discrimination, the sorority sisters have to decide whether to take a stand or let things stay as they are.
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Rush
August 2018; St. Martin's Press
978-1250020666
audio, ebook, print (416 pages)
women's fiction
The story is not only about Miss Pearl but also about Lilith and her daughter Anne Laurie, Wilda and her daughter Elle and Cali and her grandparents. These three daughters cover the social ladder from both ends but being high on the social ladder doesn't equal caring and compassion for others. The story is told by three main characters - Miss Pearl, Wilda, and Cali and it's all about RUSH week on campus when the students find out if they've been accepted into a sorority.    Rush week isn't just important to the students, it's also very crucial to some of the parents.    Lilith is an extremely rich former member of Alpha Delta Beta and wants her daughter accepted no matter what she has to do to get her there.  Wilda is also a former member of the sorority and would like her daughter accepted but she is reasonable about it.  Cali is a student without a mother whose dream has always been to be accepted and she is the kind of girl who will make a wonderful sorority sister unless she loses her dream to Lilith's behind the scenes maneuvers.

I found Rush to be funny and smart and very well written. From the parent's perspective, it's about family and letting go of your children. From the student's perspective, it's a real coming of age story. And for Miss Pearl, it's the story of love and creating a family with people who mean the most to you.

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About the Author:

Lisa Patton, author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language, and Rush, is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She has over 20 years experience working in the music and entertainment business, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads,  or Twitter.


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