DOLLFACE by Renee Rosen
I’ve been on a historical fiction kick lately, paging through novel after novel stretched out in a chaise these first days of summer. I discovered author Renee Rosen as a read alike while book browsing online. A technique tip: I love to use Minerva’s recommendations when searching books in the library catalog, and the customer also bought suggestions on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I began with The Hired Girl, and after a few chapters, thought, this isn’t bad…a few more chapters and I was hooked. Dollface and What the Lady Wants had the same effect. I am saving Windy City Blues for an upcoming vacation!
Dollface is about Vera Abramowitz, a young woman coming into her own in the 1920s. Determined to make a better life for herself, she bobs her hair, makes up her face, and heads to the dance halls after work. She meets a couple of gentleman, one, a nightclub owner, and one a dashing gambler. Both become her lovers. It turns out the dashing gambler belongs to a gang rivaling Al Capone and his henchmen, and the good times inevitably come to an end. Vera must find a way to survive until the good times return.
I love these books! All are set in Chicago and all enlist famous, or infamous, characters from history. They give you a feel for their era and quickly become page turners that keep this reader up late. Fun well written reads. Request Dollface via inter-library loan, and look for these titles as well: