Monday 13 June 2016

Book Review: A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

Title: A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald
Author: Natasha Lester
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: 26 April 2016
Pages: 297
Format: eBook- PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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It’s 1922 in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity. Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines – and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so Evelyn Lockhart, forbidden from pursuing her passion: to become one of the first female doctors.

Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on the only life she knows: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.

And if Evie does fight Columbia University’s medical school for acceptance, how will she support herself? So when there’s a casting call for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, will Evie find the nerve to audition? And if she does, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman, a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous?
(Goodreads Synopsis)

It's lucky I ended up reading this while my husband was on night shifts, as once I started, I couldn't put it down and stayed up late two nights in a row to finish it. A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald captivated me from page one. Evie is a character who is immediately approachable and engaging. Right from the start, I felt I knew her and wanted her to succeed. There were some good twists along the way. A couple of times, I thought I knew what was going to happen, but then something changed, taking the story in a new direction. The characters were charming, the scene setting was perfect, the prose was a delight to read, and the story was interesting, well paced, and original. I would definitely look out for future works from Natasha Lester, as A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald is a standout book of 2016.

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