When I picked up my first Beatriz Williams book, I was completely engrossed and fell in love with her writing style.
I wasn’t sure that I would like her books and wasn’t excited to read the first one, but I did and when I began, I was completely sucked in and impressed with her ability to tell a story.
So from that point on, she earned a place in my heart as one of my favorite writers.
When this latest book came across my desk for review, I was thrilled because I knew the caliber of writing and story telling would be second to none and I wasn’t disappointed in this one!
When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night.
Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the place hid a speakeasy.
In 1924, Geneva “Gin” Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin becomes entangled with Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s most notorious bootleggers.
Headstrong and independent, Gin is no weak-kneed fool. So how can she be falling in love with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent when she’s got Princeton boy Billy Marshall, the dashing son of society doyenne Theresa Marshall, begging to make an honest woman of her?
The ‘jazz age’ or ‘prohibition era’ isn’t really my favorite era in American history. It’s not even in the top 5, but it’s a popular time period in historical fiction right now, so I’ve tried to embrace it over the last year or so. Even though I wasn’t ‘excited’ about a book set in this time period, I love Williams and had confidence that she would be able to create a lovable story for her readers.
While I personally wasn’t a fan of the period, even in this book, it was the love story that made me love this novel. The mismatched love story between Gin and Oliver was charming believable, and memorable. The chemistry between them was electric and made me want to keep reading to see things heat up. I loved their story and I think it’s one that will hold readers interests.
Williams tends to have two storylines in her novels…..the modern day story and the historical fiction story. While I think it worked in Along the Infinite Sea, I am not entirely convinced that this story needed the modern day parallel story.
For me the relationship and story that shined was the Gin/Oliver story and Ella’s story seemed less drawn out and more of a filler. I personally was much more invested in the other plot and could have done without Ella’s plot.
William’s hallmark style is a descriptive, whimsical, and elegant style with memorable characters and to that, this book doesn’t disappoint. Though a tad slow in the beginning, the overall pace of the novel picks up and readers will easily fall into the story after a couple of quick chapters.
While this wasn’t a five star book for me, it was entertaining and a wonderful love story that offered the perfect escape for me. If you haven’t discovered Beatriz Williams yet, you are missing out. This is just another book that cements my initial reaction to her writing……her books are wonderful and will not disappoint!
Book: The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
ebook, 384 pagesPublished January 17th 2017 by William Morrow
- Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review
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Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Genre: Historic fiction, romance
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