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The 20's Girl, the ghost, and all that jazz

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1924. The English Shires, after the Great War.
When her jazzing flapper of an aunt dies, Gerardina Mary Chiledexter inherits some silver-topped scent bottles, a wardrobe of love-affair clothes, and astonishingly, a half-share in a million-acre ranch in south-west Texas.
Haunted by a psychic cat and the ghost voice of that aunt Leonie, Gerry feels driven to travel thousands
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Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Cynthia Hamilton
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed this wonderfully written book about an odd attraction that was as maddening for the protagonist as it was compelling. I was enchanted by this sweet, unusual tale of love and longing - the longing to fit in, for the past, and for a life without compromise. The author is so good at whimsy, she made ghosts and seances seem perfectly matter-of-fact. I found The 20's Girl captivating and hard to put down!
Barb Taub
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s funny. Reading June Kearn’s books feels like coming home. Home to old-fashioned glamour, romance, and love stories. That’s why when I went to write about them, I was so surprised to realize that these books are like nothing I’d ever read before. Her heroines are in the fine old tradition of (strait-laced/gloved/hatted/tea-drinking/chat-about-the-weather-then-indomitably-triumphing-over-evil-doers-or-the-ill-bred) British ladies. Her heroes are… not. Tall, taciturn, moody-bordering-on—and of ...more
Alison
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! June Kearns has created a romantic page turner devoid of soppiness but full of heart, laughter and wonderful characters that draw you in to their well-drawn world.
Gerardina Chiledexter is struggling to fund the run-down bookshop that is all she has been left by her extravagant, glamorous aunt (except for a mountain of debts). Just when it seems she has nowhere left to turn, she receives a surprise inheritance - half a cattle ranch in Texas.
We are swept away with Gerry to the w
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Rosie Amber
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful, I read it in less than 24 hours. Set in 1924 the book covers two extremely different settings. Firstly the English Shires, lush, green, damp and a place short of men after the War and the Flu epidemic. Secondly Texas, vast, hot and dry, full of rough men and cattle.

Gerardina Chiledexter has been left a bookshop and a heap of debts by her flamboyant aunt. When a complete stranger announces that she has been left half a Texas ranch by a man she's never heard of, a chance
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Samantha Henthorn
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Gerry! She follows 1920s advice from women's magazines, and with a shortage of males around after WWI when a talk dark drink of Texan turns up at her bookshop (love it that she owns a bookshop in England) then that's when the story really starts. The setting is then taken to Texas, a ranch that Gerry has inherited half of. So well researched, except Gerry is so concerned about being a lady that I was screaming at my Kindle! The story was perfectly finished off, and made me feel the love of re ...more
Cathy Ryan
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gerardina Chiledexter struggles to maintain the bookshop she inherited after her beloved aunt Leonie’s death. Leonie was beyond glamorous, free spending with a lavish lifestyle hence the mountain of debt Gerry was also left with. When an impassive American named Cooper arrives at the bookshop one day, all the way from Texas, with the news Gerry has inherited half his cattle ranch, she is at first disbelieving then incredulous. As is Cooper, having expected Gerry to be a man.

Gerry has all but mad
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Luccia Gray
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this novel. It draws you in from page one with the setting, writing style, love story, and hint of humour.
It is set in the 1920s, so we are able to glimpse at these challenging post-war years, during which the human loss of sons, brothers, husbands, and boyfriends, was enhanced by the drear financial situation. There are two spectacular and contrasting settings to experience, the fertile, green and rainy English countryside, with its polite and quaint inhabitants and lifestyle, a
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Sarah Houldcroft
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants unusual, historical read + good mix of glamour, romance, adventure & intrigue
Wonderful historical read full of glamour, romance and adventure

The 20’s Girl was an absolute delight to read. It was a book full of huge contrasts, not just in the locations, but in the characters too. We are first introduced to Gerry, very English, desperately trying to save her bookshop from closure, living in a small village where everyone wants to know everyone else’s business. I instantly liked her and was rooting for her throughout the novel. She gives us an insight into her late aunt’s
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Li Or
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The good:
- Well-written
-a likeable story-telling voice,
- the main character, Gerry, is generally likeable, as were some supporting characters like Leonie.
- although the suspense wasn't intense, the story was interesting enough to keep me reading all the way through to see what the characters will do.
- generally light with a happily ever after ending - just as I like them!

The room for improvement:
- At times the style of writing felt a little ungrounded, lacking a bit of strong solidity - as if pa
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Jenny Burnley
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully written book is an amusing and compelling read. The heroine, ‘spinster’ Gerardina Chiledexter, struggles financially to run a bookshop in a little English village. She is scatty, erratic, yet unstintingly honourable, gaining the sympathy of the reader more and more as the story unravels. Her Aunt Leonie mysteriously leaves her a half share in a million-acre Texas ranch. Her larger-than-life, demanding co-owner turns up at her door, thus the entertaining, sometimes hilarious saga ...more
Lizzie Lamb
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An attractive cover and a compelling blurb drew me into this novel. I wasn't disappointed. Ms Kearns writes with aplomb; there wasn't a spare word or over used adjective in sight. I loved the contrast between the sad English shires bereft of men after WWI and rolling, sun scorched Texas on the brink of discovering black gold - and where 'men were men and women were glad of it.' The contrast between effete Archie, the junior squire and Coop, the Texan built in John Wayne's image made its point - ...more
Anne Harvey
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read June Kearns first novel, I was looking forward to her second one immensely. The author has managed to capture the spirit of 1920's England with Gerry Chiledexter's 30-ish spinster's awareness that life is passing her by, while she struggles to keep the family bookshop open. Then, to her surprise, she learns that she has inherited a half-share in a Texas cattle ranch, much to the disgust of her co-inheritor, Coop. With a ghostly voice telling her to go and see for herself, she underta ...more
Lynn Dixon
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Coop, a Texas cowboy shows up at an English bookshop to tell Gerry (the owner) that she also owns half of his ranch and that she needs to sign off on the property. Though she needs to money, she is being led my her deceased aunt's guidings and goes to Texas to see the land before selling. She and Coop get off to a rough start but she learns a lot about his lifestyle. She also learns that her aunt and the man who raised Coop, had a torrid love affair. She starts to fall for him and leaves Texas i ...more
Victoria Benchley
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
TERRIFIC ROMP

June Kearns does it again! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author's unique writing style is laced with wit and charm. She draws the reader into her stories, creating a world where one gets to know the characters well. I didn't want to put the book down. Ms. Kearns is a modern day Jane Austen. I highly recommend this novel to any fan of classic romance. You'll want to grab her other book as well, An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy. You won't be sorry. I look forward to more fr
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Elizabeth Lloyd
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story contrasting the genteel society of a 1920s English village with the tough masculine world of a Texan ranch. The heroine, Gerardina, an insecure but brave young woman tries to cope with the unusual legacy of her delightful but eccentric Aunt Leonie whose ghostly voice she sometimes hears. Finding herself treated unjustly by Coop, an uncommunicative but hardworking rancher, she is determined to follow her aunt's wishes while denying her attraction to this unsuitable man.
Cathy
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, author June Kearns has devised a plot so full of twists and turns that even in the final pages it's hard to see how it will all be resolved. Every time you think you know what's going to happen the story takes a different direction. This is another wonderful romance, beautifully written with style and panache. I loved it from beginning to end.
Michele Cacano
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-fiction
I was looking for more ghost but enjoyed what there was. I don't read romances but you know, I love the twenties. Wasn't too sappy. MC prolonged the ending longer than necessary, but overall I enjoyed her modern sensibility in an aged world.
Monica
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Astonishing

A great read. Well written characters, the descriptions transported me to the prairies and made me desire the beautiful dresses. Definitely recommend for anyone who's looking for adventure, self-searching and, of course, love.
Theresa Le Flem
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A captivating novel

I really enjoyed this novel. From the gentle lifestyle of 1920s England I was swept away to the harsh hot landscape of Texas, from a quiet English bookshop to rugged cowboy country. The characters came alive for me. An intriguing love story but so much more.
Isabella
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And another travel back in time and to the wilderness.
I loved it! It's funny, it's romantic, and it takes you back into another world.
I love June's female characters.
Another five stars for me!
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Straight out of the box, I found this novel fun and delightful to read. Englishwoman Gerry discovers her Aunt Leonie left her half a share of a Texas ranch, and an inscrutable Texan, Cooper, is somehow part of the deal.

June Kearns does a wond
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As an only child, June Kearns was a daydreamer,who spent a lot of time staring into space and making things up. Now with quite a few children of her own, she's still doing it.

'An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy' was her debut novel, written after far too many hours spent watching cowboy heroes bruised by life bring order west of the Pecos.

Her new novel 'The 20's Girl, the ghost, and all that ja
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