"One of the aspects of your novels and short stories that I enjoy so much is your ability to create not just a sense of place, but the fullness of the historical moment in which you are writing. As you did in Whistling in the Dark and If It Ain't Love, you paint a compelling, rich picture of life in New York City, this time in the late 19th Century. Jonah commutes to the bank by a combination of walking and streetcar, and we make that journey with him. The bank comes to life through your words, as do the people who work there. Jonah's boarding house is full of the kinds of characters that populated Americana novels of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they are utterly believable. For me this novel recalls the writers of the urban landscape of the United States in that era, like Dreiser writing about Chicago in Sister Carrie. [...] Anyone who reads my reviews knows how high a premium I place on context and historical authenticity. For me, you're the gold standard, and this book is an exemplar."
- Sunita, Dear Author
"You gave us two wonderful lead characters in Jonah and Reid. They leapt off the page at me, they were so wonderfully drawn. It was so easy to picture the buttoned-up Jonah, living his life through the day-to-day workings of the bank, and the charismatic Reid, infuriating poor Jonah with his easy-going ways and self-confident smile. I liked the fact too that Reid had a vulnerable aspect to his personality however and that Jonah was sensitive enough to be aware of it. Their burgeoning relationship was positively heartwarming to read, in fact the whole novel had a tremendous feelgood factor to it and I found the whole thing really uplifting."
- Chris Dixon
About the Author
Tamara lives in the piney woods north of Houston, Texas, where she spends her time on administrative work, taking care of her family, and writing when she gets the chance.