Having read and reviewed Meredith’s debut, The Dressmaker’s Dowry, I was eager to get my hands on her newest. Might I say I enjoyed this one even more? You guys, this is the perfect beach read.
Alternating between Santa Cruz in 2007 and 1940, we are first introduced to Violet Harcourt, a beauty queen with a troubling secret. In 2007, Marisol Cruz, a single mother and waitress, is doing everything in her power to preserve the town’s history when she first notices a photograph of Violet. Her research leads to some startling discoveries.
I was completely swept up in both stories and couldn’t wait to find out more background. It was obvious that a lot of historical research was done and the author had me hooked from the first chapter. I felt all the characters were fully formed and made the right choices given their backgrounds.
For me, and what kept me from a full 5 stars, was just the coincidence of how a few storylines played out. Instead of it being a surprise, I just felt it was too convenient and unrealistic. I don’t want to share more as to avoid spoilers. That being said, I will be thrilled to continue reading Meredith’s work.
If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is such a light read and would be perfect for a beach bag or plane ride. In fact, I started it on the plane and would have finished if not for my lack of sleep the 3 days prior.
My thanks to the publisher for a review copy.
About the author: USA Today bestselling author Meredith Jaeger was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother. While working for a San Francisco start-up, Meredith fulfilled her dream of writing a novel, the result of which was The Dressmaker,s Dowry. Meredith lives in Alameda with her husband, their infant daughter, and their bulldog.
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