Thursday, June 8, 2023

Book Review Spotlight: A Daughter's Journey by Myra Lee Glass

This morning, I have a young adult historical fiction novel to share.  Check out A Daughter's Journey, learn about author Myra Lee Glass, read my thoughts on the book and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  A Daughter's Journey by Myra Lee Glass
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  132 pages
GenreYA Historical Fiction / Adventure
PublisherColeche Press
Release date:   Feb 2023
Content RatingG: Written for a high school school project :) by a highschooler
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About the Book

The year is 1938 and a family in the small South Carolina town of Beaufort faces serious adversity. After the birth of her long-awaited son, Mary Banks dives into a dark postpartum period, throwing her into a deep depression. Thinking that her sister, Rose, is offering her a helping hand, Mary leaves her family and goes to Boston in search of a medical cure, not to be heard from again.

​Where is Mary Banks? What has Rose done with the much-loved mother and wife of the Banks family? Finally, Mary’s 15-year-old daughter, Estelle can wait no longer. She gathers her wits and her courage and without a word, runs off to heroically rescue her beloved mother in faraway Boston. This is where the adventure begins……
My Review

A Daughter's Journey Brings a Historical Peek at Women's Mental Health. This novel gives a young adult glimpse into women's mental health during the early 1900s. While the book is a bit abrupt, and its details of the treatment of women's mental health are limited, the focus on postpartum depression and the views and treatment of it by society and the medical profession in our not-so-distant history is an interesting basis for this story. 


The Author Creates a Heartwarming Adventure for Her Main Character. The main character seems younger than 15 as she navigates her way from small-town South Carolina to Boston, yet it is impossible to be less than drawn to her character and her emotional journey to find her mother and bring her home. The plot pulls Estella through her adventure with an endearing cast of supporting characters and hopes for a happy ending. There are characters to love and hate--and interesting relationships and dialogue that keep readers interested in turning the pages to the end.


Would I recommend A Daughter's Journey by Myra Lee Glass? The novel holds some less than believable coincidences, leaves some pieces of the story unresolved, and ends rather suddenly--but it is an entertaining adventure for younger young adult readers who do not get too caught up in the why's and what's next details. I would have liked more details on the motivations of Mary's sister--and a longer novel that gave us more of the follow-up story of the family. Those who enjoy light, historical mystery adventures geared toward tween/teen readers will enjoy this novel. 

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Meet the Author

Myra Lee Glass is a young adult author of A Daughter's Journey. She lives in Texas with her parents and sister.

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A DAUGHTER'S JOURNEY by Myra Lee Glass Book Tour Giveaway