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Opening Gates"Opening Gates" is another terrific novel from the pen of Nancy King and is a compelling and ultimately rewarding read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended.
Wisconsin Bookwatch, June 2016

A summer job as a recreational therapist in a New York City psychiatric hospital unlocks the door to self-discovery for this tale's young heroine...

It's the summer of 1956 and with her parents away and her boyfriend abroad, Rennie is a young woman on her own. To make money for college, Rennie takes a job as a recreational therapist in a large mental hospital in New York City, despite her reluctance to sign a loyalty oath in the charged times of McCarthyism. She has no relevant experience, but she's good at sports. How hard can it be? Very hard, she discovers. As Rennie struggles to relate to the confused, emotionally unpredictable women and challenging hospital administrators and staff, she is befriended by a troubled young man with a passion for jazz, meets a wise Middle Eastern restaurateur, and after an accident on her motor scooter, becomes three construction workers' favorite "damsel in distress". Too stubborn to quit, Rennie finds meaningful ways to connect with her patients and creates previously unimaginable opportunities for them. Rennie also discovers a new, stronger part of herself. By summer's end, no longer dependent on other's opinions, she can listen to her heart and conscience and make crucial changes in her life.

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