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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by [Pennell, Linda Bennett]
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Length: 320 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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 5 Star Top Pick  "...brilliantly written..." - BTSemagazine

"...The characters were so well done that I latched onto them and wanted to know where their journey was going to end up. It's a fascinating read. The way the author wrote this story made it so easy to get a visual of the characters, the setting and just life in general - you could feel yourself in the '30′s, living what they were living and you could feel yourself in the present time, living what Liz was living. I highly recommend it."  
Maggie Thom, The Write to Read
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4 out of 4 Stars  "... a compelling, multifaceted book. It captured my attention from beginning to the end."  - OnlineBookClub.org
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From the Author

The Blanche Hotel has stood on Marion Street in Lake City, FL since 1902 and is home to the state's first elevator. Being a block from the intersection of US 90 and US 41/441, the main routes into the state before the era of interstates, meant that Lake City and the Blanche were a logical stopover on the way to points farther south. Having myself stayed overnight at the Blanche and eaten many Sunday dinners (that's the noon meal to us Southerners) in its restaurant, I have always thought it would make a great setting for a historical novel. Some years after moving away from Lake City, I discovered that Al Capone stayed there in transit from Chicago to his Miami property. That tidbit of information coupled with the county's history of vice activity sparked my imagination. Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel is the result. The fact that the Blanche is supposedly haunted may just spark another story. I'm still pondering that one!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2219 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (July 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DULERAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Always fascinated with stories regarding the Mafia, I couldn't wait to read this book. It switches back and forth from 1930 to 2011 almost every other chapter, and I'm not a fan of that because it drives me crazy, but the story had me hooked instantly and the author wrote it in a way to captivate me so the switching didn't bother me so much. I finished it in just under two days. I loved how each chapter ended in a way that I couldn't stop reading until I found out what happened next, and the descriptions of the characters and their surroundings had me right there with them. Occasionally my ADD would kick in during the explicit detailing of the landscape and amount of adjectives, but the author did a fantastic job creating the setting. I could smell the musty old books in Liz's storage closet of an office, and I felt the suffocating humidity of the steamy Florida summer--my hair frizzing right along with hers. I could taste the fried chicken and homemade biscuits, and the research/historical parts were fascinating. This was a wonderful story told by a very talented storyteller.

Now, for my constructive criticism. I was surprised, and annoyed, with the abundance of mistakes throughout the book. I can handle a few--nobody is perfect, but when it becomes a distraction to the point I'm finding them in every chapter it annoys me. Simple mistakes like spelling "starred" when it should've been "stared," and using "illusive" when it should have been "elusive." There were plenty more things I caught, but I don't need to list them. Mostly little things an editor should have caught. I *almost* gave it 3 stars because the ending disappointed me, but I didn't because the story itself had me hanging on every word until the very last page.
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This novel of the past events at the Blanche Hotel and surrounding area during the time of gangsters and the KKK will keep the reader turning pages. The gripping story of love in the face of danger on every hand draws the reader in and keeps you there. The reader can almost taste the fear in the young boys' mouths as they watch a body being dump into the sink hole.

The frustration the sheriff's duty faces while trying to win the waitress leaps off the page. Her need to have everything perfect is infuriating. Wait until this is perfect! Wait until that is perfect! Wait, wait and wait some more. Wanting a dream instead of settling for reality could mean the difference between life and death. Will she seize the moment or will her hesitation allow the evil stalking the small town in Florida to overtake them?

No wonder the modern day heroine was so obsessed with the story and wanted to track it to the end. With her own life in shambles, she turns to the past to solve a mystery and perhaps gain insight into life and love for herself. This debut novel is a winner. A must read for those who enjoy a by-gone era and today's reader is not left out when the heroine digs into the past. Can't wait until the next book is ready.
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This book drew me in from the start and kept me intrigued for the entire read. The way Linda interwove the two storylines, one involving the 1930's, and the other involving contemporary times, was seamlessly, cleverly done. It's a unique story that keeps you rooting for the two romantic couples, but the book is much more than about these two relationships. You also care deeply about the two young boys, Jack and Zeke, whose storylines thread throughout the book as well. She makes the backdrop of Florida, then and now, a part of the character of the book. You also face the horror of the KKK and organized crime alive and well in Florida in the thirties. She pulls it all together in an entertaining, unexpected way. I think it's a great book for anyone who loves to be taken into a great read.
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Originally I was attracted to Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by the title and the cover. When I used Amazon's Look Inside feature, I knew I had to buy it.
I stayed up till 2:30 AM finishing the book. I couldn't stop till I found out what happened to Zeke and Jack.
The author tells two stories: One about the incidents in July 1930 in a small town in Florida and the other about the woman in the present who clings to the research she is doing on Al Capone as a way of dealing with her out of control life.
The juxtaposition of the two stories is skillfully done and kept me turning pages.
I am looking forward to Linda Bennett Pennell's next book.
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I am still in the "zone" of this amazing book. It was not at all what I expected and yet it was so much more.
The characters are truly unforgettable. I love that the story lines went back and forth in time weaving a mystery within a mystery.
Liz is frustrating at times, and yet she's every woman who's ever lost her heart to the wrong man. Meg is a product of her times, and yet one strong lady.
The plot kept me up at night, worrying. My heart went out to the Zeke and Jake, children caught in a world not of their making. And when Jake's father reveals himself...
well no spoilers. I hate spoilers. Highly recommended.
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