Thank you to Tandem Literary and St. Martins Press for a copy of Rush by Lisa Patton. I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to be a member of a sorority? Or what kind of experiences one might have? I did not experience being involved with sororities, when I was in school. So what better setting than a SEC school such as Ole Miss. So settle down and relax for a story steeped in tradition and history.
“Cali Watkins possesses all the qualities sororities are looking for in a potential new member. She’s kind and intelligent, makes friends easily, even plans to someday run for governor. But her resume lacks a vital ingredient. Pedigree. Without family money Cali's chances of sorority membership are already thin, but she has an even bigger problem. If anyone discovers the dark family secrets she's hiding, she’ll be dropped from Rush in an instant.
When Lilith Whitmore, the well-heeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta, one of the premiere sororities on campus, appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her luck. What’s more, Lilith suggests their daughters, both incoming freshman, room together. What Wilda doesn’t know is that it's all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her own daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid―no matter what.
For twenty-five years, Miss Pearl―as her “babies” like to call her―has been housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delt girls, even though it reminds her of a painful part of her past she’ll never forget. When an opportunity for promotion arises, it seems a natural fit. But Lilith Whitmore slams her Prada heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’s hopes of a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta―and maybe the entire Greek system―forever.” (Amazon)
I loved this novel! I always say there is a little truth in fiction. In this story readers are treated to what it is like to be a rushee and or work at the sorority house. The main characters of Wilda and Lilith and then there daughters interested me in seeing how the story would play out. Who knew how much went into the process of being a rushee, and how it would impact our main characters. I found the story to be a page turner from the beginning to the end. I could identify greatly with Pearl’s experiences working at the house, and her desire to better her circumstances. I loved how the author showed how much Pearl loved her girls, and they in return.
Rush for me was a gratifying experience! I look forward to another novel by Lisa
Patton. You can purchase a copy of Rush here.