- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (January 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062405020
- ISBN-13: 978-0062405029
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When she discovers her banker husband has been harboring a secret life, Ella Gilbert escapes their sleek SoHo loft for a studio in a quaint building in Greenwich Village. But her new refuge isn’t quite what it seems. Her charismatic musician neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement after midnight, when a symphony of mysterious noise strikes up—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano, the occasional bloodcurdling scream—even though it’s stood empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the building hosted one of the city’s most notorious speakeasies.
In 1924, Geneva “Gin” Kelly, a quick-witted flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway known as the Christopher Club. Caught up in a raid, Gin lands in the office of Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather, Duke Kelly, one of Appalachia’s most notorious bootleggers.
Sired by a wealthy New York scion who abandoned her showgirl mother, Gin is nobody’s fool. She strikes a risky bargain with the taciturn, straightarrow Revenue agent, even though her on-again, off-again Princeton beau, Billy Marshall, wants to make an honest woman of her and heal the legacy of her hard-scrabble childhood. Gin’s alliance with Anson rattles Manhattan society, exposing sins that shock even this free-spirited redhead—sins that echo from the canyons of Wall Street to the mountain hollers of her hometown.As Ella unravels the strange history of the building—and the family thread that connects her to Geneva Kelly—she senses the Jazz Age spirit of her incandescent predecessor invading her own shy nature, in ways that will transform her life in the wicked city . . .
About the Author
A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.
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There are two stories told simultaneously. One in the 1920s and one in modern day. I adored the 1920s story and the ending was extremely stressful but came out ok. The two main characters are now on their way to Cocoa Beach which is the title of the author's upcoming book. So, that is something to look forward to!
(Minor spoiler below)
The story in modern day was entertaining as well and absolutely had me interested. Ella is the main character there and she just happens to be Pepper Schuyler ' s daughter... However, this is the first time I've ever had even a minor complaint about a Beatriz Williams story. I just felt the end with Hector and Ella was too rushed. It was a fine ending, but it sort of just happened all the sudden which was odd.
Other than that, I loved the book! I love Beatriz Williams. I pre-order everything she puts out and will continue to do so....