Published by NAL Trade on November 5th, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
America in the 1920s was a country alive with the wild fun of jazz, speakeasies, and a new kind of woman—the flapper.
Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”
As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn. She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.
The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
I’ve always been one who loves books set in various times throughout history, so when I came across this book by Renee Rosen, it was no question that I wanted to read it. Dollface is a novel set in the roaring 20s, a time I’ve always been fascinated with.
I really enjoyed Vera’s character, even though she came across as cocky and arrogant at times, it was hard not to admire the independence she encompassed throughout her journey. This wasn’t a book that just touched on the 20s, but one that took you on a crazy ride through the lives of those who experienced it first hand. I felt emerged in Vera’s world and couldn’t help but feel as though I were walking the streets along side of her and enjoying the wild and exciting lives of a young woman living during the 1920s.
The visual imagery throughout the book is phenomenal and made you feel as if you were experiencing it first hand. The events throughout the book are ones that will take you on a few twists and turns and even throwing in a few mysteries to the reader. I loved taking this journey with Vera and highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
If you do decide to give this book a chance, prepare yourself for a few surprises, laughs, and maybe even a few tears.
Four out of five stars.