Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review for The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams

The Wicked Redhead (The Wicked City #2) by  Beatriz Williams 

publication: December 10th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

In this follow-up to The Wicked CityNew York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams combines past and present in this delicious Jazz Age adventure featuring a saucy redheaded flapper, the square-jawed Prohibition agent who loves her, and a beautiful divorcee trying to remake her life in contemporary New York.

New York City, 1998: When Ella Gilbert discovers her banker husband is cheating on her, she loses both her marriage and the life she knew. In her new apartment in an old Greenwich Village building, she's found unexpected second love with Hector, a musician who lives upstairs. And she's discovered something else, just as surprising—a connection to the mesmerizing woman scandalously posed in a vintage photograph titled Redhead Beside Herself.

Florida, 1924: Geneva "Gin" Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from Appalachia, barely survived a run-in with her notorious bootlegger stepfather. She and Oliver Anson, a Prohibition agent she has inconveniently fallen in love with, take shelter in Cocoa Beach, a rum-running haven. But the turmoil she tried to leave behind won't be so easily outrun. Anson's mother, the formidable Mrs. Marshall, descends on Florida with a proposition that propels Gin back to the family's opulent New York home, and into a reluctant alliance. Then Anson disappears during an investigation, and Gin must use all her guile and courage to find him.

Two very different women, separated by decades. Yet as Ella tries to free herself from her ex, she is also hunting down the truth about the captivating, wicked Redhead in her photograph—a woman who loved and lived fearlessly. And as their link grows, she feels Gin urging her on, daring her to forge her own path, wherever it leads. 

My Thoughts…

The Wicked Redhead picks up right where The Wicked City left off.   I believe you could read The Wicked Redhead without reading The Wicked City but I can see how the book would be more enjoyable if you knew the history of the characters and the reasons on why they were doing what they were.   Although, Beatriz Williams does do a good job of filling in the holes as she tells the story. 

I enjoyed catching up with characters that I already was familiar with.   I got caught up quickly on what had happened in their lives and was excited to see where they were heading.   I LOVE Ginger.   She has a quick wit and a strong will that women of 1924 were not always able to let out.    She stood her ground, thought through most of her decisions, and helped Oliver when it was needed.    Ella was also a great example of a strong and willful woman.   She didn’t let her cheating husband walk all over her, she made decisions for the good of her, and let her heart open for a healthier relationship.       

Beatriz Williams is very talented in her writing.   She takes two eras, has two stories, and then ties them together perfectly.    The characters are enchanting and realistic, the settings are true to the time and marvelous, and the stories are so captivating that the reader can’t help but be pulled right in.    She is a must-read author for anyone who loves historical fiction.  

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