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Saturday, September 29, 2012

*[Blog Tour Review] Willow Pond by Carol Tibaldi


Willow Pond
 
 
Summary:
 
The Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression, but Virginia Kingsley, New York's toughest and most successful speakeasy owner, is doing just fine. Now that the world is falling apart, bootlegging is a flourishing business, and she's queen of that castle.

Then her infant nephew is kidnapped. Her niece, Laura, and Laura's philandering movie star husband, are devastated. The police have few leads, and speculation and rumors abound in the media circus that follows the celebrity abduction.

Only one reporter, Erich Muller, seems to care enough about the child's welfare and the parents' feelings to report the case responsibly. Over the course of the investigation, Erich Muller and Laura fall in love, but their relationship is doomed to failure since he suspects her beloved aunt Virginia is behind the kidnapping. Laura, jaded when it comes to men, sides with Virginia.

But Virginia has figured out the truth, and she can't tell anyone for fear of losing her niece's affections and having the police ransack her life. So she pursues her own investigation, shaking down, threatening, and killing one petty crook after another during her search.

Little Todd's absence shapes everyone's lives. When he is finally found, the discovery will bring disaster for some and revelation for others.
Summary & Photo taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 318 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: December 12th 2011 by Carol Tibaldi
 
 I love novels like these ones. I haven't read a lot of books set in the roaring twenties but the ones I have read have all been very well written just like Willow Pond by Carol Tibaldi turned out to be.  I was really impressed with how well the author was able to capture the time period and I know that she probably had to do her fair amount of research because she had to get the details just right and that work certainly paid off in my opinion.
 
I loved the story line,  I doubt the book would be as successful if it had be written in a later time period because everything seemed to go very well together.However, my favourite part of the book was the characters. I loved how the book was mostly focused on 4 main characters and how their lives all led them on one collision course. Though I do have to say my favourite character was Laura, I couldn't help but like her.
 
The plot itself could have been a just a little stronger. I felt as though at times the book was being rushed along a bit and I wish it had been just a little more drawn out in parts. Those however are minor issues and can easily be over looked because the rest of the novel fits so well together. I loved how it had drama, mystery and romance all wrapped in to one in a nice little package where one genre wasn't fighting for the spotlight more than the others.
 
I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction, historical mysteries and books set in the era of the roaring twenties. This book has so much to offer and if left me wanting more, I can't wait to read more by the author and I hope that if she continues to write that we see more books set in this time period from her because she certainly knows what she's doing!
 
*I received a free copy in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and all thoughts and opinions expressed therein are my own.
Really Liked It!
★ ★ ★★
 
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12 comments:

  1. Great review! The book sounds really good

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! It was a really good read :D

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  2. Loved this book, too. Thanks for the really good review! I think anyone who loves the Roaring 20's will enjoy it.
    Deborah/TheBookishDame

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    1. Thank you! Deborah :) Glad you enjoyed my review!

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  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I do appreciate it.

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    1. You're most welcome Carol! Your book was a pleasure to read!

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  4. I do love historical novels and love the roaring twenties..thanks for sharing this one. Great review Kimberly!

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    1. You're welcome! I think I'm going to have to read more books set in the roaring twenties. I just hope the next one I pick up is as good as this one was.

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  5. Great review, Kimberly!
    This book really sounds good and I love too read books set in other times, like the roaring twenties :)
    I love the cover, too!
    Your constant reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  6. You have great reviews! I hope my blog is as awesome as this someday. I am following you and look forward to more!

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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