October 7, 2012Gin Lovers #1 by Jamie Brenner * I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Set against the turbulent and glamorous backdrop of Prohibition and the rise of the jazz age, The Gin Lovers is a sensual and romantic story of how one high society woman’s passion and courage lead her to love.
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.
When Charlotte married into the famous Delacourte family she knew that she would be thrust into New York society, she just never expected for all eyes to be on her when her mother-in-law passed away. Her husband William is controlling and keeps her in the dark about his business and their finances. Her sister-in-law Mae moves in with them and introduces Charlotte to a whole new world while her husband is away.
Charlotte was raised modestly but her mother tried to make sure that she would marry well. When she marries William Delacorte, she knows that appearance is everything in New York society. She doesn’t feel comfortable being in the spotlight but she wants to make William proud so she is always the model wife. She is thrust into spotlight when her mother-in-law passes away and that’s when things start to slowly fall apart in her life.
Charlotte’s days are filled with planning the new library to be housed in her mother-in-law’s home and looking after her sister-in-law Mae. After following Mae one night, she finds herself in a whole new world. She is fascinated by the clothing, the music and Jake, the owner of a notorious speakeasy. She hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him since meeting him at the funeral.
Charlotte tries to be a good wife but she seems to be getting bored with her life. She may be a socialite but she still feels isolated from others because she isn’t comfortable in that environment. She is curious about things going on outside of her world and she doesn’t understand why her husband is always away on business. I loved seeing her emerge from her shell and start to observe the things going on around her. She is a loving and caring woman that takes the time to get to know Mae, unlike everyone else.
The characters, dress and setting help to make the first installment in this serial exiting and interesting. I’m not a history buff but this time period is one of my favorites and has always intrigued me. I love the dress, the jazz and night life. To me they were way ahead of their time with women’s liberation because in the clubs, the women seemed to have the power in their sexy dresses.