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Review: Making It Work

  • Title: Making it Work
  • Author: Kathleen Glassburn
  • Paperback
  • # of Pages: 331
  • Publisher: Archway Publishing
  • Released: 2017
  • Genre(s): historical fiction
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

*All opinions are my own.

**May contain spoilers**


It is 1965 and nineteen-year-old Sheila Gallagher is grateful to have finally escaped her dysfunctional family and married her high school sweetheart. Unfortunately she has barely unpacked in their Minneapolis apartment when Jim reveals he has joined the navy. Now her plan to earn a music degree is foiled. Still, Sheila puts her dreams on the back burner, and follows Jim to California for his first assignment.

A few months after their arrival in Long Beach, Jim is deployed to Vietnam. As Sheila attempts to navigate in a strange city without her husband, she begins to question America’s military actions. And when Jim finally returns, he shocks her once again with his decision to re-enlist, prompting their divorce. As Sheila’s desire for a new beginning leads her to San Francisco, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery where she participates in anti-war demonstrations and searches for true love, meaningful friendships, and the courage to pursue her dreams. But in a time of great political and cultural change, Sheila is about to discover that a worthwhile goal can be difficult to achieve.

In this historical tale, a young woman sets out on a ten-year quest to overcome obstacles and create the future of her dreams during a tumultuous time in America.

My review

It took me about two weeks to read this book. That’s a long time, for me, considering the length of the novel.  One question kept me reading, does she get her degree in music?

I have always loved music.  I love listening to it and I learned to play the flute in Jr high.  Also, I am currently learning to play the bass guitar.

Kathleen Glassburn is wonderful with a pen and the written word.  I could see myself in the 1960’s and 1970’s with the characters.  They were unique and relatable.

I, also, liked the fact that there was a clear passage of time.  Glassburn didn’t simply state it, halting the story temporarily.  I find halting the storyline this way annoying because it is common to leave out something I am curious about.

I had been hoping for a whole chapter about Sheila getting her degree in music and becoming the music teacher she had been dreaming about the whole novel, but there was only a small section on this.

Yes, the title suggests the book is about the steps taken and not the end result, but that doesn’t mean you can’t talk about the end result once you get there.

I would recommend this book to adults readers who like books with a strong female lead and like literary fiction set in the 1960/1970’s.


Happy Reading!!!





I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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