Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Newport

Newport (428x648)About Newport

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 7, 2015)
In a glamorous Newport mansion filled with secrets, a debonair lawyer must separate truth from deception. . . .

Spring 1921. The Great War is over, Prohibition is in full swing, the Great Depression is still years away. Wealthy families flock to the glittering "summer cottages" they built in Newport, Rhode Island.

Having sheltered in Newport during his misspent youth, attorney Adrian de la Noye is no stranger to the city. Though he'd prefer to forget the place, he returns to revise the will of a well-heeled client. Bennett Chapman's offspring have the usual concerns about their father's much-younger fiancée. But when they learn of the old widower's firm belief that his late first wife, who "communicates" via séance, has chosen the stunning Catharine Walsh for him, they're shocked. And for Adrian, encountering Catharine in the last place he saw her decades ago proves to be a far greater surprise.

Adrian is here to handle a will, and he intends to do so—just as soon as he unearths every last secret about the Chapmans, Catharine Walsh . . . and his own very fraught history.

Vividly bringing to life the glitzy era of the 1920s, Newport is a skillful alchemy of social satire, dark humor, and finely drawn characters.

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Review: Newport is Downton Abbey, American Style. If you love a character driven book that is seeped in history, this is the book for you.

I don't think I can review this book without the Downton comparison. There are characters that you absolutely love and others that you really can't stand, but that's the mark of a good author, creating characters that inspire a wide range of emotions with the reader.

I read this one in one afternoon, and it was fabulous.

Rating: 5 flowers

Jill MorrowAbout Jill Morrow

Jill Morrow has enjoyed a wide spectrum of careers, from practicing law to singing with local bands. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Towson University and a JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She lives in Baltimore.

Find out more about Jill at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

A one-afternoon-read is definitely a treat, particularly on a lovely summer day. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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