Twirling through a tale of love and heartbreak

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Debut historical fiction set in Jazz-age Chicago - well-researched setting and characters and compelling storytelling!

I don’t think I’ve ever read something set specifically during this time period. World War 1, yes. Great Depression, yes. In between, in the heart of Chicago’s gangsters and bootlegged whiskey? Nope.

This story goes back and forth between past and present and that format is successful. In the present, Sawyer Hayes is a young film student grieving the loss of his sister and searching for information about his family. We meet Honoree Dalacour, now 110 and living in a nursing home, who Sawyer thinks may have some answers for her. Jumping back, we meet Honoree as a young, ambitious dancer in Chicago in 1925, her friends and enemies and their desire for more. The story moves back and forth, twirling us through a tale of love and heartbreak.

This felt very well-researched and made me interested in learning more about this time period. I struggled at some points in the story because I got caught up in trying to keep minor characters’ names and roles apart.

Thank you to Bookish First and Kensington Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out March 30, 2021.