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What is this book about?

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O’Connor is the epitome of the new woman–smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband–good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

My review:

This story was a little frustrating for me. I didn’t like Katie when I first met her, but as the story went on, she matured and I grew to like her. On the other hand, I liked Cluny but grew to dislike him by the end. Even after finishing the story, I am still ambivalent on what my feelings are about the story as a whole.

Katie was the youngest child in the O’Conner family and her older siblings had their stories told in another series. All of them, and their spouses, make appearances throughout this book. It has been many years since I read that series and this made me wish that I had gone back and reread some of those stories.

Even though the story was lengthy, it was also a page turner because I really wanted to find out how it was going to end.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Katie’s growth throughout.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I didn’t like the choices that Cluny made and disliked his character by the end of the story.

Would I recommend this book to others? Maybe. This story had meat to it, there were some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, and some good characters. This is the first book in this series, but a continuation of a previous series by the same author. It can be read as a standalone.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Julie Lessman, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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