What the Critics Say
About Mary Ridder
Copyright © 2002
by Mary Ridder
In Benton is a contemporary novel set in the fictional small town
of Benton, Nebraska, and in the halls of state government.
In Benton is a love story where the main character Liz Daniels,
three young children, moves from Minneapolis to Benton to escape a failed
marriage and to live quietly. She soon discovers that no matter what your
address, you still have to live. It's also the story of second chance love
and love of people for where they live and the work they do there.
Underlying themes are economic development as opposed to economic
challenges, agriculture in crisis, and telecommuting.
In Benton is a love story as comfortable in the personal
landscape as it is
in the Nebraska landscape. from the jacket
Universal themes, such as economic development, relocation and the humor and struggle of
relationships ... a near-allegorical love story. Lincoln Journal Star
Mary Ridder's debut novel In Benton is the compelling story of Liz
Daniels, a divorced single mother with three small children. Liz moves to
a small Nebraska town to simplify her life, but tangled tragedies and
crises, local politics, and unavoidable personal issues crowd her and Liz
must strive to achieve balance and adjust to the manifold demands of her
new surroundings. In Benton is highly recommended as a deftly woven tale
focused on dealing with change, and embarking upon new beginnings.
Midwest Book Review
If you like your sunsets painted in vivid colors ... read on, you won't want to put it down.
Custer County Chief