It's 1922 in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity. Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines - and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous?
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I liked the historical and feminist aspects of this novel, about a bright young woman who wants to be an obstetrician, back in 1920s New York when it was virtually unheard of for a woman to attend medical school. I don't know how historically accurate the novel is, but I found it quite gripping. The parts about the Follies were a bit ridiculous, but otherwise the book was very enjoyable, and I wanted to keep listening to past my train stop.
"Such a great story!"
I picked this up on a whim and couldn't put it down! It is such a great story with dynamic characters that I was hoping someone will turn it into a mini series or film!
Totally recommend the book if you love stories from the roaring 20's
"Spoiled by the narrator"
How to review this novel? The story is interesting with many unusual elements. The period is generally well evoked. But the author's voice sounds like a soap opera, with overly dramatic language and a leading lady who often behaves so stupidly as to be frustrating. Instead of the strong woman she is meant to be, she sounds like she will take to her fainting couch in the next scene. Add to all that the childish, overly dramatic reading by the narrator and you have a story with good bones totally spoiled by turning it into a cheap romance.
What a lovely story. Beautifully written. I picked this book on a whim and I could not put it down. This book made me laugh and cry and I didn't want it to be over. The narrator did a fine job too. I definitely recommend this book.
I read so many reviews on this novel before choosing it for my ever-precious monthly credit. Man was I BUMMED when I finished this book! I just kept thinking throughout the story, "Why did everyone rate this so high? I feel like a thirteen year old girl would love this book."
Fair warning: there is no real history in this, other than it's time frame. The heroine is constantly under siege by the world around her, and hits almost no real obstacles to overcome it all!
Narration was not terrible, but clearly....underdeveloped. The only character that has a real voice is the heroine, and everyone else in the story is given this clipped, almost newsboy type of style of speech and tone.
Not impressed in the least bit.
I would have developed more of the parents, given them more depth, and therefore given Evie more depth, and of all the things that Evie could have "won" I would have expected it to be her parents love and the author doesn't even give them a chance.
Additionally, the entire existence of Lucille seems to be excessive.
"From Excellent to Totally Disappointing"
Main character was an admirable woman until half way through the book she became a pitifully weak character. The strong, promising story morphed into a weak and disappointing tale.
Performance is excellent.
"Nostalgic look at the life of an strong woman seeking it all in 1920's"
I enjoyed the bits and pieces of Evie's persistence to be an obstetrician. I would recommend this book for daughters, especially mother daughter reading groups. It sparks questions regarding female suffrage,family relationships, maintaining moral standards in the face of adversity and creating one's own rules and boundaries. I would enjoy a sequel.
The description of this book does not do it justice. there is more depth to the story then it would lead you to believe. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the narrator. overall it was a very pleasant experience.
"A soap opera"
This is truly a soap opera. It doesn't miss a turn or a twist. The heroine remains good and kind no matter how deeply she must suffer. A dysfunctional mother, a distant father & a jealous sister, but she is not damaged by this background. She wants to become a doctor. She must endure all types of abuse from her family, the other male students and doctors who do not think a woman (in 1925) should become a doctor.
She dances at the Ziegfeld Follies to earn her tuition and to support herself, but remains a virgin until the man she loves comes along. The tale goes on & on this way with ups and "terrible" downs for our heroine who remains steadfast & strong through out all her trials & tribulations...and there are so many for this brave young woman.
There is almost nothing historical in this 'historical novel' except the period in which it takes place.
I managed to get through it, but it was hard swallow. Yes, this is a soap opera!!!!
This book would be well-chronicled in Seventeen Magazine. The characters are one-dimensional and the plot is predictable. None of the real struggle of women in the 1920's is depicted. The class and gender struggle is lost in hints so as not to shake the reader too far from the illusory fairytale of the virtuous spinster being swept into the arms of her rich and handsome dreamlover. There is not a subplot in sight to enrich our understanding of the difficulties women endured during this era. I think this book belongs in adolescent fiction so that 10 year old girls can catch an albeit shallow glimpse of our history.
I enjoyed the story and the characters. I didn't want it to end! And I want one of those Thomas guys...wow!!!! 😊
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