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The Canary Club (The Canary Club Novels) Paperback – October 19, 2017
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"Masie and Benny's story collides during the era of fast talking dames, loud jazz, and bootleg gin. Masie Scholtz is tough but classy, sassy but smart, she doesn't take lip from no one, no one but her daddy. Dutch Scholtz one of the main mobsters running the city, and her life as the speakeasy's canary. But as Masie starts to believe that she'll never get out, her ticket to freedom comes bleeding through the front door.Bad Luck Benny, with a new start, after severing a few months in the pen, comes home to find out his bad luck has rubbed off on the family. With his rap, honest work is hard to find, until his runs into an old friend. Dickey's got a gig for him that might mean easy money. On his first day, true to his name, bad luck hits him with a bullet and a golden ticket to the inner circle of the notorious gangster Dutch Scholtz.With his new position as Masie's bodyguard, they end up spending a lot of time together and slowly friendship blossoms into something more. Mob families draw lines - cops begin to harass Benny - a trusted friend is looking for blood - and on top of daddy losing his temper, Masie realizes the Canary Club's caged door is closing fast.Once again, Sherry Ficklin has torn my heart out.The Canary Club get five teary-eyed stars from me." -Kathy-Lynn Cross, Author
Ms. Ficklin does an amazing job of transporting one back to this era and fans will not be disappointed! One can almost hear the big band striking up a swanky tune, smell the taboo libations of the speakeasy clubs, and see the glittering gowns of dames dressed to the nines. She weaves in these details so seamlessly it is not cumbersome, making this an incredibly fun read! -InD'tale Magazine
Canary Club pulls all the punches with witty writing, action at every turn, interesting characters, and intriguing dialogue that will make you tempted to keep reading from the first page onward. Overall, a satisfying conclusion to a well-rounded story.
- Marissa Vine for RomCon Reviews
In 1920s Manhattan, fair-haired, white mobster's daughter Masie Schultz is the embodiment of a flapper: she's reckless, fearless, and bold. Despite her brazen bravado, she's treated as little more than a commodity to either be traded or displayed as needed. When her father hires Benny, a kindhearted and loyal young man, to be her bodyguard, the chemistry is undeniable. However, as the danger around Masie and her family intensifies, will Benny be able to keep her safe and ultimately help her escape her dangerous life? Ficklin's offering paints a vivid picture of the Jazz Age, dropping details of glamorous flappers and raucous speak-easies, and it boasts cameos from Zelda Fitzgerald and Lucky Luciano. The role of women is explored, with a keen eye to their lack of choices; alongside these issues, there are also some rather intense scenes of physical abuse against women. Benny and Masie's romance is formulaic however, most romance aficionados should find the starry-eyed glances and lush historical details swoonworthy. -Kirkus Reviews
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If you love the glitz and glamour of the Gatsby era, this book is for you! For more goodies, free downloadables, a digital speakeasy, party tips, and a members only area, check out the official website, thecanary.club.
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What can I say..... I'm a bit speechless as I sit here collecting my thoughts and writing this review.....
First off, everything that I have read by this author makes me fan-girl every time she comes out with a new release. Ficklin has once again proven that she can make her magic show through any story or genre that she writes and this one is no different. She is a phenomenal storyteller.
Now on to the book....
This story was incredible. The characters who I loved throughout this story are just as awesome as when they were first introduced in the series. I loved how the author showed how each life was affected and how their paths kept crossing. I a real connection with the characters; like I was actually a part of their lives and living each and every moment with them.
The story-line was amazing. The rawrin twenties. What an awesome era in the mind of this author. I so wanted to be from this era. Shimmering dresses, speakeasies, mobs, and bootlegging just made me wish I was from that era. Sure things went wrong, but I still dreamed about being from the twenties and living within the pages of the book with these phenomenal characters. As each scene unfolded, I could see that scene in my mind as plain as day. It was as if a movie played inside of my head. I was completely surprised, yet happy at how the story ended.
I am extremely excited to have had the opportunity to fall in love with this story and the characters in it. There has been a piece of my heart left within the beautiful pages of this book and I know that I will find myself wanting to hangout with these characters again and re-read this story again and again. I highly recommend this read.
Benny is a good guy, trying to help his mother and siblings out. Masie is the daughter of a powerful gangster. When fate brings the two together, the chemistry is impossible to deny. But the world of crime, violence and manipulation not only makes it impossible for them to come together, it threatens to drag both of them under.
Opening the first page is like stepping back in time. The prohibition period reveals itself in all its sparkle, desperation and glory. The author has done her homework and masterfully lets the scenes come to life through carefully and cleverly dropped details, which never threaten to hinder the flow of the plot. The dialogue snaps with each character's personality, and these characters definitely have personality. Not only Masie and Benny pull attention to their situations and problems, but the side characters bring in their own spice and make the tale vibrant and alive.
Every page adds to the quick pace and tosses a bit more into the plot. There's never a boring moment as the layers of intrigue, secret power plans and desperation to survive breathe from every scene. This is not a subtle tale, but lets the violence and hunger for power unfold in its chilling reality.
The ending plan lacks a little clarity, but it does it's job and promises much more excitement to come. In other words, this is a read fans of gangster history, romance and crime are sure to enjoy.
I received a complimentary copy and loved diving into this world so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
Overall I really enjoyed some parts of Canary Club, namely the time period, and was left disappointed with other parts. There are not that many YA books set in this era and this book is more special for it.
*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley