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Bittersweet Brooklyn by Thelma   Adams
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4.5 stars

As many of you know, I am a sucker when it comes to pretty covers. I love the elegance of this cover. Not only does the woman on the cover seem intriguing, but the text and the angle suggested that it was going to be a little more edgy, almost like a classic noir film or something.

After reading the description, I was eager to start reading it. It sounded a little like The Godfather and I was excited to read something a little more edgy and different in the historical fiction genre.

Often in historical fiction, the mobster world goes untapped and I love mob movies and I often wonder why I don’t see more mobster style historical fiction books? Maybe they are out there and I just haven’t found them, but either way I was excited that this one had come across my desk for review.

Right off the bat, this book was totally different than I was expecting, but in a good way. My initial thoughts based on the summary and cover were that it would be maybe be more ‘mobster lite’. Meaning that the mob would be mostly a background within the story.

Yes, in a way the mob was more of a backdrop with the family sage actually being front and center. However, it was impossible to have one without the other so I would say that this wasn’t just a book about a girl who grew up in a mob family, nor was it a book just about the mob. It was a well balanced blend of the two.

I really loved the immigrant and family dynamic. This set the book apart from just another historical fiction read. The author offers a gripping view into a very specific time in American history and makes it very relatable and interesting. I loved reading the city descriptions and felt like I was there living it.

This book was a lot more heavy than I was anticipating and there is a good amount of violence in the narrative, however I don’t think that it distracted from the story. If anything it added to the authenticity of the period and the cultural/family dynamic the author was trying to showcase.

Even though the story was wonderful and meant to be heavy, there was a part of me that felt so bad for protagonist. She went through hell and I just felt so sad for her all the time and for that reason I went with a 4.5 star rating. It was an excellent book but it left me feeling a little too sad in the end.

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Reading Progress

January 29, 2019 – Started Reading
January 29, 2019 – Shelved
January 30, 2019 –
page 36
January 31, 2019 –
page 101
January 31, 2019 –
page 189
February 1, 2019 –
page 229
February 1, 2019 –
page 280
February 2, 2019 –
page 303
February 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Lady Alexandrine Great review Anne :) The story looks intriguing!

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