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  • A beautifully written book

    Every decade or so, I read a book so richly-told, so lush in its characters and setting, so captivating, I’m completely spellbound. I even dream about the characters and when I’ve finished reading the last word, my heart overflows with emotion. It’s a total emersion of mind, body and spirit and my life is just a little bit better for reading it. This is such a book. First of all, my gratitude goes out to the author and to William Morrow for publishing this beautiful book and for giving me a complimentary ARC in exchange for my honest review. It’s roaring twenties in glitzy New York and we first meet Mrs. Theresa Marshall, socialite extraordinaire and her younger lover, Octavian. She loves him and he her but like many wealthy women, divorce is unthinkable. So, they meet in secret and whisper sweet nothings in the dark. Sophie Fortescue, on the other hand, is just starting out in life and engaged to be married. Her intended? None other than Theresa’s brother, Ox. She’s all innocence and purity… or is she? Four people’s lives intertwine in this breath-taking story, where lovers become enemies and secrets buried six feet underground unearth themselves to disastrous consequences. Will Sophie find love in Ox’s arms or someone else perhaps? When the dam breaks and the truth is revealed, will Theresa choose life or love? I loved this story, that much is clear by my opening sentences. Williams grabs the reader by the shoulders and plunges them deep into New York City in the 1920’s. We experience what life was life for a woman in the roaring 20’s. There’s a murder to be solved, a mystery to unravel and before we know what hit us, Williams adds layer upon layer of intrigue. I was so engrossed in the storyline one afternoon, I almost burned a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Scandalous, I know. If F. Scott Fitzgerald were alive, I believe he’d give Williams a nod of approval. In my opinion, this is a must-read for readers of all genres. There’s a great romance, murder, mayhem and so much more! Favorite Character: I must admit, it’s a toss up between Sophie and Theresa. Both women tell their stories through the reflection of their glamorous life, surrounded by men who love them. Both women are strong, stronger than any female protagonists I’ve ever read, and yet deep down, they carry insecurities and deep, dark secrets. I loved them both! Favorite Quote: “Love, like chicken salad or a restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor.” My Rating: 5+ stars

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  • Terrific Historical Fiction

    I am always fascinated by well-written books that take place during the 1920’s. It was an exceptional time: between two wars, prohibition, the old guard and the new struggling to find a way to share the same space. Beatriz Williams’ book exemplifies those times and struggles – and in a way that is so real it is almost painful at times. There was a point where I almost couldn’t bear the fact that some people in this story would not get what they wanted – that they would be forever marked, or even destroyed, in the very intimate battles of the war between the various lovers. I wanted them all to “win” – all of the characters drew my empathy for one reason or another. Based on a play that I have never seen nor experienced, this “up-dated” version of the story with a twist finely woven in, should have a film based on it – but only if they can find actors who can do justice to the nuances of the characters. A great story that I recommend to everyone who enjoys historical fiction that is extremely well written.

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  • A Great Read

    Set in the Roaring 20's with a focus on the societal changes brought about by a devastating war, the author captures the mood and changing attitudes of the time as her characters struggle to come to terms with a new world order and an old mystery. Well written with well defined characters. A definite recommend.

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