It’s the roaring twenties in the Manhattan of gin, jazz and prosperity.
Women wear makeup and hitched hemlines and enjoy a new freedom to vote and work. Not so for Evelyn Lockhart, who is forbidden from pursuing her passion to become one of the first female doctors. Chasing her dream will mean turning her back on her family: her competitive sister, Viola; her conservative parents; and the childhood best friend she is expected to marry, Charlie.
In a desperate attempt to support herself through Columbia University’s medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous late-night Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman – a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous . . .
Captivating, romantic and tragic, A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD follows a young woman ahead of her time amid the fragile hearts and glamour of Jazz Age New York.
Title : A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald
Author : Natasha Lester
Format : eARC
Page Count : 345
Genre : Historical Fiction
Publisher : Sphere/Little Brown UK
Release Date : October 29, 2020
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 4 star review
This was a such an epic story, told over years with character development to hold on to. It was also a feminist story that really opened my eyes to the misogyny in the 1920s and women being on that cusp of being able to break free.
Evie the protagonist, was a women from a good family with a desire to study and become an doctor. She went through so many hurdles in this story and danced as one of the Follies to pay for medical school. Scandal upon scandal!
There was an intricate story running underneath this where family was complex, difficult and not always a family you’d want. I loved Evie’s character and how she was able to be determined and overcome such a lot. I was interested to read the research underpinning these times, and women studying to be a doctor in the acknowledgements. Thank goodness we live in a time where women advocate for women and men are feminists too.
The Follies storyline was interesting and I would have liked a little more focus on this at times. Life in the hospital was brutual but friendships and hope saw Evie through.
The way this story ended and wrapped up really was so fulfilling. The romance was slow burning and beautiful, the family aspects were eventually wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learnt more about this time in history and what a women’s life could be like.
I don’t normally add trigger warnings but I do want to in this case, as I feel there are themes that could be difficult for some. TW: graphic details of the death of babies during labour/delivery.
Thank you to Little Brown UK for the gifted review copy.