Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: The Gin Lovers #1 by: Jamie Brenner

Release Date: February 12, 2013
from St Martins Griffin
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"It’s 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William’s rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams – and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy."

My Thoughts:

Note: This book was originally published as an eBook serial and then combined to make one novel. Because of that I decided to read it as it was originally meant to be read, in pieces. So this is the review for part 1 of The Gin Lovers. 

The roaring twenties is a time period that has always intrigued me. Something about the speakeasy’s, flappers, and prohibition just interests me. Probably why I went through a period where I was completely obsessed with the movie Chicago. Anyway, back to the review. I also enjoy a good story about a woman finding herself. Those two elements combine in The Gin Lovers

Charlotte lives a life of luxury in a very prominent New York City family. She would never be caught dead in a speakeasy, it would tarnish the squeaky clean family name. However, Charlotte also feels pressured by the expectations that come along with this life she has chosen and the attraction she once felt for her husband is long gone. When her sister in law, Mae, moves in with her she is introduced to the underground world that defined the 1920’s. While she is shocked by this world she is also intrigued by it and drawn to it. Surprisingly, becoming a part of this world is what makes her begin to question the world she belongs to now. I took a liking to Charlotte. She seems a bit weak, but at the same time she is strong. I think some people may consider her weak because she acts how one would expect a woman like her to act in the 1920's, but I would not have believed her as a character if she didn’t behave the way she did. When Charlotte is determined, there is not much that can stop her and she does not give up. She does what needs to be done and through her interactions with Mae, she begins to take off the rose colored glasses and see that her life is not as perfect as it once seemed.

I found The Gin Lovers to be very addictive. It is drama filled and I just ate up all that drama! There are secrets at every turn and the story leaves you dying to know what they are. You are never sure who to trust and that just makes it all the more addictive. My only complaint is that the story switched perspectives rather quickly and it was sometimes tough to figure out who’s head you were in. Other than that I really enjoyed this book.

All in all, The Gin Lovers is a really great and quick read.



6 comments:

  1. Oh! The twenties! Flapper Girls!! I enjoy that time period I also like the cover. Pretty eye catching! I also hate when the book Switches POVs and yin cant keep track of who you are reading from!

    However, l really enjoyed your. review! Makes me want to pickup this book!

    Awesome Review, Teresa!! !!!
    Magen Corrie

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  2. I was really excited to see how'd this one would turn out and I'm so glad you liked this. I sounds very intriguing and I'll admit the whole twenties era is definitely something to read about. I think I just might check this one out, despite the changing POV's. But I mean this has too much awesome so I can ignore that tiny blimp! LOL ;p

    Fantabulous review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida

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    1. Yea it was very enjoyable, cant wait to get started on the other parts

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  3. I've never heard of this series before, but it seems very cool. I love a good period piece. Glad you enjoyed the story!

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  4. I've been seeing this one around and wondering if it was for me. Now I know it is! Definitely adding it to the list! I love that you are doing this one in parts. Can't wait for the next review :)

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