July 10, 2015


by Laura Lane McNeal
published June 2015
publisher:  Penguin Books
source:  publisher

Reflections:  Every family has secrets.  One day when I was a young teenager, my parents, uncle and aunt talked about a doctor and his wife.  When my older cousin asked for more information, they clammed up right away and wouldn't tell us anything.  A few years later, I remembered my great-grandfather was a doctor.  Were they talking about my great-grandparents?    Not for me to know.

In Dollbaby,   Ibby  was dumped at her eccentric grandmother's home by her mother after her father died.  Ibby didn't even know she had a grandmother, so she naturally feels abandoned.

Before I read the book,  I thought Dollbaby would be a very young girl.  I was put out to discover  Dollbaby is 28 years old and one of the servants.  What kind of name is that??  Also she is not one of the main characters, so why this title?   Eventually you find out, along with other secrets.

My perspective:  The book focuses more on characters than the events of the time period.   It is a typical leisurely Southern-setting read.   The book ended sweetly.  Here's a quote:
Whenever there's a loss, there's bound to be a gain somewhere else.  you just have to know where to look for it.