Pearl RuledRating: 3* of five (p66)The Book Description: From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army.The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source.Nate Benedict is Billy's father. He's also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal--he'll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then. My Review: I just don't care. I think this little tale of WWII-era Noo Yawk and the ways it chews up and spits out innocent little girlie-lambs and turns them into less than perfect but still spunky young women is pleasant, nicely written, and completely uninteresting to me.Here is where the dead battery of my interest, unaided by the blown alternator of my enthusiasm, gave up:Could I do that? I wondered. Could I be that wife, sitting at the table, waiting, always waiting...and then getting the terrible news? We regret to inform you....I didn't know if I was that brave. Even for love.p66, US hardcover editionLittle Muffintop there might not know if she was that brave. I know I'm not. I wish her well on her journey to wifely paradise, but I won't be walking there with her. I can be spotted doing a four-minute mile in the opposite direction.