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Jo Winter’s parents send her to live with her cousin in Manhattan, it’s to get married and forget about her brother death. She finds herself caught up in the swirl of her cousin’s flapper set—and their boyfriends—where she learns talk of marriage never stops, and behind the seemingly boundless gains are illicit business endeavors, gangsters, and their molls. Jo would prefer to be with the handsome but quiet Charles, a waiter at the Algonquin, than with a bootlegger. As Jo befriends a moll, she uncovers secrets to threaten an empire and destroy those she cares about.
It was very interesting to read this shortly after having read In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming both by Cat Winters. Personally, though, I was disappointed in the overall execution of the story. I've always enjoyed this time period when major changes are taking place in American society, but this was just kind of meh. The leading character, Jo (and her boyfriend), was just so boring. I would have much preferred the novel to be led by Lou, the other narrator with less page-time. The ending also wrapped things up neatly, but I thought it was quite anti-climatic.
I would have preferred more of this:
I read this book from February 16 - 18, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.