Whistling Women by Kelly Romo 


Life went terribly wrong for Addie Bates in San Diego, and she’s been running from dark memories ever since. For fifteen years, the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony has provided a safe haven for Addie to hide from the crime she committed. But when the residents pack up to go on exhibit at the 1935 world’s fair in San Diego, Addie returns and must face the thrilling yet terrifying prospect of reuniting with her estranged sister, Wavey.

Addie isn’t the only one interested in a reunion. When her niece, Rumor, discovers she has an aunt, Rumor is determined to bring her family together. But it’s not so easy when the women are forced to confront family secrets, past and present.

Set against the backdrop of the 1935 world’s fair, Whistling Women explores the complex relationships between sisters, the sacrifices required to protect family, and the devastating consequences of a single impulsive act. 


Addie has been running away for 15 years.  She now must face the music and pay for her past. When Addie returns to Sand Diego after a 15 year hiatus in a nudist colony  (yes, I said a nudist colony), she tries to reunite with her sister.  Things do not go as planned. 

There are so many aspects of this novel that I adored. I loved the time period. The 1935 world’s fair, what a great setting.  The author did a lot of research to get that right. And the nudist colony!!! Who would’ve thought to use that. Very unique! 

The characters are impressive. They interact well and really draw you in and keep you there. I loved Rumor. She is an amazingly, strong  character.  One minute you want to come through the book and hit her upside the head, and the next minute you want to give her a hug. 

I did feel the story was a little wordy and long. Parts of the tale are brilliant, just a little too descriptive in places. However, don’t let that stop you. This story should not be missed. 

And the cover is just marvelous! 

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. 

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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3 Responses to Whistling Women by Kelly Romo 

  1. macjam47 says:

    Sounds like a great book.

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