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I was provided a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
I found the story very compelling and Lucy's actions and responses to events are typical for the era. For those who are less familiar with the 1920s, it was wild times to be sure. There was major societal change with the end of a world war, women gaining the right to vote, passage of the Prohibition amendment and control of liquor distribution by semi-organized mobs. This presented young women with a new and exciting paradigm. Magazines such as 'The Flapper' were aimed at young women and contained news, stories and information about their new freedoms. To quote from Lois Long of 'The New Yorker': "Many Americans were shocked by the actions of these flappers who embraced the exciting world of speakeasies. The women of Prohibition raised their hemlines and their glasses in cheer for a new era." Combine that with youth and naivete, it is no surprise that Lucy Diamond undergoes a transformation as she travels at the leading edge of the Prohibition lifestyle. I won't go into spoilers, but Lucy's character development is typical for many young women of the era. The attitude was, as Lois Long of The New Yorker wrote in 1925 "All we were saying was, tomorrow we may die, so let’s get drunk and make love." Women and men had their challenges and adjustments to make. The era when parents controlled their children's lives was on the way out.
There are some loose threads that made me think sequel and I would definitely read it, but this book can be considered a standalone story. My reviewing policy is to drop a star for serious editing problems that damage my reading enjoyment. There are a few minor editing glitches here but certainly not enough to lose a star. The story moves along smartly and keeps the reader involved. Consider this book an adventurous slice of life during interesting times from the viewpoint of a smart, bold and curious yet still careful seventeen year old woman.
For the record, I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
"I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I can give an honest review."