To Air the Laundry by Krysta MacDonald

To Air the Laundry by Krysta MacDonald
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (175 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

It’s a late spring day in 1969 and Sharon has been married eleven months. For eleven months she’s woken up and made her husband his coffee and meals. She’s cleaned his dishes, his house, his laundry. She’s filled her days in her effort to be a good wife. But Sharon has a secret, something even Albert doesn’t know. It’s a secret she’s buried beneath years and silence and sad smiles.Trying to reconcile her past decisions with her current realities, and her relationships and promises with her own wants, Sharon stumbles through her day. She faces questions, uncertainties, conflicts, routines, and above all, her own truths.At times painful, at others triumphant, but always sincere, this emotional story offers an unflinching window into a single day in a time not far removed from our own, and a woman grappling with the secret that shapes her life.

Some secrets should never be shared with anyone.
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Sharon’s character development was well done. There were so many layers to her personality that weren’t revealed in the first few chapters. She’d been through some tough experiences in her lifetime, and they’d obviously changed her in all sorts of meaningful ways. The deeper she explored these parts of herself, the more I came to like her as a person.

There were some mild pacing issues in the beginning. Sharon was so shy about discussing her past and so slow to give hints about what was really happening in her current life that it took me a while to get into her tale. While I did eventually come to enjoy it, it would have been nice to have a little more action in the first few chapters while I was getting to know her.

Some of my favorite scenes were the ones that compared how Sharon spent her days to how she wished she could spend them. Few of the people in her life understood how feminism that was slowly changing their world in the late 1960s, so even something as simple as her wanting to finish her nursing degree and get a job at a hospital was unusual and bizarre in that culture. I was fascinated by all of the restrictions placed on her as a married woman and wanted to know if she’d find a way to make her dreams come true.

This is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone work.

I’d recommend To Air the Laundry to anyone who has ever looked back and wondered if they made the right decision about something important.

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