Friday, June 21, 2013
The Gin Lovers by Jamie Brenner
It's 1925 and Charlotte Delacorte is content to be the socialite wife of William. However, the arrival of her sister-in-law Mae soon rocks her world. While trying to tame flapper Mae, Charlotte ends up falling for the lifestyle and bootlegger Jake. Charlotte quickly yearns to break free of her old life and find herself but she soon discovers a shocking secret that threatens her entire family and her future.
"The Gin Lovers," was originally written as six part e-serial. This soapy delight has now been bound up into one volume. It's clear that Ms. Brenner did a lot of research for "The Gin Lovers." The author's attention to detail is remarkable. The vivid descriptions of the various speakeasies, high society homes, gorgeous clothes, and great jazz music pull you right into the Prohibition era New York City. The wide cast of characters from conflicted Charlotte, to wild-child Mae, to the dastardly William, and the charming Jake are full of depth and feeling. I also loved the mentions of real life celebrities (or soon to be celebrities) of the era such as Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter. Who wouldn't want to risk arrest to drop into that speakeasy?!
If you'd like to learn more about Jamie Brenner and enter to win a copy of "The Gin Lovers," then head on over to my best-friends blog, Chicks Dig Books where she is hosting a Giveaway plus an interview with Ms. Brenner! Or, pick up "The Gin Lovers," at your local bookstore.
Please be advised that I received no financial compensation, or gin for this review. I received a complimentary copy of "The Gin Lovers," from Ms. Brenner's signing at Book Expo America.