1920’s Chicago/Jazz Historical Fiction

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This recently published historical fiction novel takes place in Chicago in 1925 and in 2015.

This was a new time period and subject for me, and I enjoyed learning about it. It took place during Prohibition, Al Capone’s time, and the emergence of jazz. It also addresses segregation and racism during the 1925 time period.

Honoree Dalcour is an ambitious up and coming dancer who is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. As she becomes more successful, she rubs elbows with celebrities and is drawn into some dangerous events.

Sawyer Hayes is a film student in 2015 and thinks Honoree (still living) might be able to help him with his thesis and a recent discovery. However, she’s only willing to share her secrets if he will share his. Both Honoree and Sawyer have painful secrets in their past. The chapters switch from last to present with most of the story taking place in 1925 (more action). The 2015 storyline is quieter but equally moving.

4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

Thanks to NetGalley, BookishFirst, and Kensington Books for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.